Richard Steel

Senior Advisor, Interel

Welcome to VoteEurope, a tool to guide you through the runners and riders in these most eagerly-awaited EP elections. Interel’s multi-national EU team, in collaboration with our offices and partners across the EU27, will keep you posted on all the decisions, plus a healthy dollop of gossip and rumour.For further information: [email protected]

The von der Leyen Commission begins to take shape – 29 July

The von der Leyen Commission is slowly taking shape, with 20 of the 28 Member States having already nominated their candidates. There is some continuity, with at least eight Commissioners returning, most notably the “first among equals”, Frans Timmermans and Margrethe Vestager, who will be the 1st VPs. Two current VPs, Valdis Dombrovskis and Maros Sefcovic, are also coming back and will be expecting roles commensurate with their experience. The gender balance is slowly evening out, following Ursula von der Leyen’s pledge to have a gender neutral Commission. The ratio currently stands at 11 men and 8 women. This puts the pressure on the remaining countries to come forward with female…

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S&D 6 MEPs – down 7

PS just survive the 5% threshold and return 6 MEPs

EPP (8 seats) down 12

LR see massive drop from 20 to just 8 seats, with many sitting MEPs casualties of the bad…

GREENS 13 MEPs – up 7

Ecolo emerge one of the big winners in France with 13 seats

ALDE (21 MEPs – 23 after Brexit)

Renaissance win 21 seats - but will have to wait for Brexit for 2 additional seats

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