Results of the 2024 EU elections

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From 6 to 9 June, citizens from the 27 Member States went to the polls to elect a total of 720 members who form the new European Parliament (EP). You can see the official election results here 

According to the preliminary results, the new European Parliament shifted to the right, with national parties affiliated to the European People’s Party (EPP), the Identity and Democracy (ID) group as well as to the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) overall gaining ground. Finally, other national political parties, so far not attached to a specific EP political group (so-called “Non-inscrits”, NI) or not allied to any of the political groups set up in the outgoing Parliament, overall scored higher than in 2019.  

On the other hand, parties belonging to the Greens/EFA group overall lost a significant number of votes. National parties affiliated to Renew Europe (RE) group also generally performed worse than in the 2019 EU Elections. The performance of parties traditionally affiliated to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the EP was similar, in aggregated numbers, to the one in the last EU Elections. Comparably, the parties composing The Left group were awarded, on a European scale, a similar number of votes as in 2019. 

Next steps

In the upcoming weeks, a series of formal next steps, intertwined with numerous negotiations and political arrangements, will take place. By the first Plenary meeting, which will take place on 16 and 19 July, the final composition of the European Parliament will be known. At this occasion, the EP will also elect its President, Vice-Presidents, as well as the new President of the European Commission, whose name will be put forward by Member States. At this stage, we still expect the current President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to receive the support of Member States and of the European Parliament, even if it will require some negotiations and concessions.  

After being elected, the President of the European Commission will begin building the College of Commissioners together with Member States. Each Member States will submit a candidate for one of the 26 remaining positions and indicate their preferences in terms of portfolio. Intense discussions are expected to ensure a balance of power in the attribution of each portfolio. The Parliament will then organise hearings of the Commissioner-designates so that MEPs from the relevant parliamentary committees can assess the suitability of candidates for their proposed portfolios. The process will finish with a plenary vote where MEPs will have to decide whether to approve the composition of the Commission as a whole. 

Ecommerce Europe, as representative of the sector in the EU, laid out earlier this year its priorities for these elections, and the for the upcoming years. 

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