2012/2309(INI)

Composition of the European Parliament with a view to the 2014 elections

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2012/2309(INI) Composition of the European Parliament with a view to the 2014 elections
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFCO TRZASKOWSKI Rafał (EPP), GUALTIERI Roberto (S&D) DUFF Andrew (ALDE), HÄFNER Gerald (Verts/ALE), FOX Ashley (ECR), SCHOLZ Helmut (GUE/NGL), MESSERSCHMIDT Morten (EFD)
Lead committee dossier: AFCO/7/11303
Legal Basis RoP 041
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Activites

  • 2013/03/13 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0082/2013
  • 2013/03/12 Debate in Parliament
  • 2013/02/25 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
    • A7-0041/2013 summary
  • 2013/02/19 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2013/02/01 Amendments tabled in committee
  • 2013/01/22 Committee draft report
  • 2012/11/22 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading

Documents

  • Committee draft report: PE502.178
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE504.228
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading: A7-0041/2013
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T7-0082/2013
AmendmentsDossier
65 2012/2309(INI) Composition of the European Parliament with a view to the 2014 elections
2013/01/02 AFCO 65 amendments...
source: PE-504.228

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    • The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Roberto GUALTIERI (S&D, IT) and Rafał TRZASKOWSKI (EPP, PL) on the composition of the European Parliament with a view to the 2014 elections, and submitted to the European Council a proposal establishing the composition of the European Parliament for the 2014-2019 parliamentary term.

      Members recall that when the next parliamentary term starts in 2014, the current derogation from Article 14(2) of the Treaty on European Union will expire and as a result, the total number of seats will need to be reduced by 15 in order to bring the number of seats into line with the number laid down by Treaty provision and also to take account of the accession of Croatia. Thus, the European Parliament will be composed of 751 Members (750, plus the President), i.e. there will be 15 fewer seats than the number currently in force.

      Pragmatic solution: to minimise the loss of seats for Member States, the committee proposes a “pragmatic” solution in the application of the principle of degressive proportionality provided for in the Treaty, whereby Members from larger Member States represent more citizens than those from smaller ones.  The committee’s solution means that 12 Member States will each lose one seat (Romania, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania and Latvia) and no Member State will increase its number of seats. The remaining 3 seats in the 15-seat reduction will come from Germany, whose share of seats will be cut from 99 to 96 (the maximum allowed by the Lisbon Treaty). These 3 extra seats were part of a transitional arrangement that arrangement that expires at the end of the current legislature.

      The committee recommends that Parliament should undertake to submit, before the end of 2015, a new proposal for a decision of the European Council with the aim of establishing, sufficiently far in advance of the beginning of the 2019-2024 parliamentary term, a durable and transparent system which will allow seats to be apportioned amongst the Member States in an objective manner, based on the principle of degressive proportionality. 

      Lastly, Members note that the new system for apportioning seats in Parliament should be established in conjunction with a review of the voting system in the Council and they are determined to make proposals to this end at the next Convention revising the Treaty.

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  • The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Roberto GUALTIERI (S&D, IT) and Rafał TRZASKOWSKI (EPP, PL) on the composition of the European Parliament with a view to the 2014 elections, and submitted to the European Council a proposal establishing the composition of the European Parliament for the 2014-2019 parliamentary term.

    Members recall that when the next parliamentary term starts in 2014, the current derogation from Article 14(2) of the Treaty on European Union will expire and as a result, the total number of seats will need to be reduced by 15 in order to bring the number of seats into line with the number laid down by Treaty provision and also to take account of the accession of Croatia. Thus, the European Parliament will be composed of 751 Members (750, plus the President), i.e. there will be 15 fewer seats than the number currently in force.

    Pragmatic solution: to minimise the loss of seats for Member States, the committee proposes a “pragmatic” solution in the application of the principle of degressive proportionality provided for in the Treaty, whereby Members from larger Member States represent more citizens than those from smaller ones.  The committee’s solution means that 12 Member States will each lose one seat (Romania, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania and Latvia) and no Member State will increase its number of seats. The remaining 3 seats in the 15-seat reduction will come from Germany, whose share of seats will be cut from 99 to 96 (the maximum allowed by the Lisbon Treaty). These 3 extra seats were part of a transitional arrangement that arrangement that expires at the end of the current legislature.

    The committee recommends that Parliament should undertake to submit, before the end of 2015, a new proposal for a decision of the European Council with the aim of establishing, sufficiently far in advance of the beginning of the 2019-2024 parliamentary term, a durable and transparent system which will allow seats to be apportioned amongst the Member States in an objective manner, based on the principle of degressive proportionality. 

    Lastly, Members note that the new system for apportioning seats in Parliament should be established in conjunction with a review of the voting system in the Council and they are determined to make proposals to this end at the next Convention revising the Treaty.

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