Starting with 2019, Romania will have 33 mandates in the European Parliament, compared to the current number of 32 mandates, after United Kingdom’s exit from European Union, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).
European Parliament approved on Tuesday the draft Decision of the European Council establishing the composition of the European Parliament in its next parliamentary term, 2019-2024.
This draft decision of the European Council is part of the package of initiatives that complement the legal framework for the European elections of 2019 and was generated by the need to establish the future composition of the European Parliament if United Kingdom will leave European Union until that time.
“Thus, MEPs approved with 566 pros, 94 cons and 31 abstentions, the draft decision of the European Council, according to which the European parliament will have 705 members in its future parliamentary term (compared to the current number of 751 members), elected on national lists, if United Kingdom will leave European Union until that time. In this case, according to the new distribution key, Romania will have one more mandate compared to the current term (thus, it will have 33 mandates, compared to the current number of 32 mandates)” explained the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release sent to MEDIAFAX on Thursday.
“After United Kingdom’s exit from European Union, Romania will become the sixth country in terms of weight in European Union, and thus, Romanian citizens will have a better representation at the level of the European Parliament. This means a higher responsibility towards the European project for which our country is preparing, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the European Union’s Council from the first half of the next year” stated Victor Negrescu.
The increase of the number of mandates for Romania was requested by MEP Claudia Tapardel.
“The negotiations on redistributing the parliamentary mandates were extremely difficult, because they were held between the leaders of the parliamentary political groups, heads of delegations, rapporteurs and members of the Commission, each of them expressing different positions on this issue, depending on the interests of their own Member States. After a long series of negotiations, I am glad to see that at the end, with my support and effort, Romania receives what it deserved for a very long time ago – one more mandate” stated Tapardel, Romania’s representative in the European Parliament, according to a press release issued by the PSD MEPs delegation and sent to MEDIAFAX on Thursday.
European Parliament elections will take place in the Member States between May 23 and 26, 2019.