Romania: Ten contenders for one seat.
320 candidates have registered for one of the 33 seats in the European Parliament. The electoral campaign ends today, without too much impact on the voters, as the latest polls point to an important percent of absenteeism. It is not by surprise, as the battle for Brussels turned into a local political one, as the presidential elections high jacked the European debates. On Sunday, Romanians will face, for a second time, European elections, as nearly 18 million people will choose their representatives to the European Parliament (EP), two fewer than at the 2007 ballot. 320 runners have entered the race for the European legislative body, six parties, of which four, namely the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), the alliance between the Social Democratic Party and the Conservative Party (PSD + PC), the National Liberal Party and the Hungarian Democratic Union in Romania, are already being represented in the Legislative in Brussels. Only two independents – Elena Basescu and Pavel Abraham – are engaged in the race for a MEP seat. Those to represent Romanians at EP will receive a salary of over EUR 7,600 before taxes, adding to which are a further EUR 17,500 a month, as expenses. MEP candidates or the other politicians behind them focused their electoral campaign messages more on attacking their political opponents and their actions than on issues tied to economic topics. Candidates have therefore approached more domestic political, economic and social subjects than aspects referring to our capacity as members of the European Union. According to the goals set by each party, PDL seeks to obtain 15 mandates, PSD, also 15, PNL, aims to get 8 seats, UDMR hopes to win 3 mandates, and the Greater Romania party (PRM) at least two.