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PE 541.585v03-00 A8-0013/2015

on the verification of credentials

(2014/2165(REG))

Committee on Legal Affairs

Rapporteur: Pavel Svoboda

PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECISION
 ANNEX: List of Members of the European Parliament whose mandate is declared valid
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 NOTIFICATION BY THE MEMBERS STATES
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECISION

on the verification of credentials

(2014/2165(REG))

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the Act of 20 September 1976 concerning the election of the Members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage(1),

–       having regard to its decision of 28 September 2005 adopting the Statute for Members of the European Parliament(2), in particular Articles 2(1) and 3(1) thereof,

–       having regard to Council Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993 laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals(3),

–       having regard to the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 7 July 2005 and 30 April 2009(4),

–       having regard to Rules 3, 4, and 11 of and Annex I to its Rules of Procedure,

–       having regard to the official notifications from the competent authorities of the Member States of the results of the election to the European Parliament,

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Legal Affairs (A8-0013/2015),

A.     whereas Article 7(1) and (2) of the Act of 20 September 1976 clearly set out the offices that are incompatible with the office of Member of the European Parliament;

B.     whereas under Rule 11 of and Annex I to the Rules of Procedure Members are required to make a detailed declaration of their professional activities and any other remunerated functions or activities;

C.     whereas all of the Member States have notified Parliament of the names of the elected candidates, but some of them have not yet forwarded – or have done so with a delay – the lists of any substitutes, together with their ranking in accordance with the results of the vote, as required under Rule 3(4) of the Rules of Procedure;

D.     whereas in some cases Member States provided partial notification of elected candidates and forwarded further details subsequently;

E.     whereas in some Member States objections to the election of some Members of the European Parliament are being considered in accordance with national legislation and whereas these procedures could result in the annulment of the election of the Members concerned;

F.     whereas, pursuant to Article 12 of the Act of 20 September 1976, Parliament is required to rule on any disputes concerning the validity of the mandate of its Members only where these relate to breaches of the provisions of the above‑mentioned Act, and not in the case of breaches of the national electoral provisions to which the Act refers;

G.     whereas in order to verify the credentials of its Members in accordance with Article 12 of the Act of 1976, Parliament must take note of the results of the election as officially declared by the competent authorities of the Member States, with no possibility for discretion in the matter; whereas, however, this provision does not prevent Parliament from reporting, where appropriate, potential cases of incompatibility between the national electoral legislation, on which the results are based, and EU law;

H.     whereas the nationals of certain Member States who have been living in another country for a given period of time can be deprived of the right to vote in their home Member State (disenfranchisement); whereas in some cases this may also entail the deprivation of the right to stand as a candidate;

I.      whereas the UK Electoral Commission has reported that a number of nationals of other Member States who are resident in the UK could not exercise their right to vote at the last European election;

1.      Declares valid, subject to any decisions by the competent authorities of Member States in which the election results have been disputed, the mandate of the Members of the European Parliament listed in the annex to this decision whose election has been notified by the competent national authorities and who have made the written declarations required on the basis of Article 7(1) and (2) of the Act of 20 September 1976 and Annex I to the Rules of Procedure;

2.      Repeats its request to the competent national authorities not only promptly to notify it of all the names of the elected candidates but also to forward the names of any substitutes, together with their ranking in accordance with the results of the vote;

3.      Calls on the competent authorities of the Member States to complete without delay the examination of the disputes referred to them and to notify Parliament of the results;

4.      Considers that disenfranchisement is tantamount to punishing nationals who have exercised the right of free movement within the EU (Article 20(2)(a) TFEU), to denying them their right to vote and to stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament in their Member State of residence (Article 20(2)(b) TFEU) and to violating the principle of direct universal suffrage (Article 14(3) TEU and Article 1(3) of the Act of 1976); takes the view that under no circumstances may disenfranchisement apply to European elections and calls on the Commission to ensure that none of the Member States provides for that possibility;

5.      Calls on Member States to ensure that the registration formalities relating to the participation of nationals of other Member States in the European elections, whether as voters or as candidates, are simplified, in particular by removing unnecessary administrative barriers so as to make the rights referred to under Article 20(2)(a) and (b) TFEU effective; requests that the Commission ensure that the practices of the Member States comply with EU law;

6.      Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Commission and the competent national authorities and the parliaments of the Member States.

(1)

OJ L 278, 8.10.1976, p. 5.

(2)

OJ L 262, 7.10.2005, p. 1.

(3)

OJ L 329, 30.12.1993, p. 34.

(4)

Judgment in Le Pen vs Parliament, C-208/03, EU:C:2005:429; and judgment in Italy and Donnici vs Parliament, C-393/07 and C-9/08, EU:C:2009:275.


ANNEX: List of Members of the European Parliament whose mandate is declared valid

(1 July 2014)

Belgium (21 Members)

ANNEMANS Gerolf

ARENA Maria

ARIMONT Pascal

BAYET Hugues

BELET Ivo

DE BACKER Philippe

DEMESMAEKER Mark

DEPREZ Gérard

IDE Louis

LAMBERTS Philippe

LOONES Sander*

MICHEL Louis

NEYTS-UYTTEBROECK Annemie**

RIES Frédérique

ROLIN Claude

STAES Bart

STEVENS Helga

TARABELLA Marc

THYSSEN Marianne***

VAN BREMPT Kathleen

VANDENKENDELAERE Tom****

VAN OVERTVELDT Johan*****

VERHOFSTADT Guy

(*)       Mandate valid with effect from 14 October 2014, date of the notification by the

competent national authority of the election of Mr Sander LOONES to replace

Mr Johan VAN OVERTVELDT.

(**)    Ms Annemie NEYTS-UYTTEBROECK’s mandate ended on 1 January 2015.

(***)   Ms Marianne THYSSEN’s mandate ended on 1 November 2014.

(****) Mandate valid with effect from 6 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Tom VANDENKENDELAERE to replace Ms Marianne THYSSEN.

(*****) Mr Johan VAN OVERTVELDT's mandate ended on 11 October 2014.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Bulgaria (17 Members)

ALI Nedzhmi

BAREKOV Nikolay

DONCHEV Tomislav*

DZHAMBAZKI Angel

GABRIEL Mariya

HYUSMENOVA Filiz Hakaeva

IOTOVA Iliana Malinova

KOVATCHEV Andrey

KYUCHYUK Ilhan

MALINOV Svetoslav Hristov

MIHAYLOVA Iskra

NEKOV Momchil

NOVAKOV Andrey **

PAUNOVA Eva

PIRINSKI Georgi

RADEV Emil

STANISHEV Sergey

URUTCHEV Vladimir

(*)    Mr Tomislav DONCHEV’s mandate ended on 7 November 2014.

(**)  Mandate valid with effect from 24 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Andrey NOVAKOV to replace Mr Tomislav DONCHEV.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Czech Republic (21 Members)

Charanzová Dita

Dlabajová Martina

Ježek Petr

Keller Jan

Konečná Kateřina

Mach Petr

Maštálka Jiří

Niedermayer Ludek

Poc Pavel

Poche Miroslav

Polčák Stanislav

Pospíšil Jiří

Ransdorf Miloslav

Sehnalová Olga

Šojdrová Michaela

Štětina Jaromír

Svoboda Pavel

Telička Pavel

Tošenovský Evžen

Zahradil Jan

Zdechovský Tomáš

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Denmark (13 Members)

AUKEN Margrete

BENDTSEN Bendt

CHRISTENSEN Ole

DOHRMANN Jørn

KARI Rina Ronja

KARLSSON Rikke

KOFOD Jeppe

MESSERSCHMIDT Morten

PETERSEN Morten Helveg

ROHDE Jens

SCHALDEMOSE Christel

TØRNӔS Ulla

VISTISEN Anders Primdahl

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Germany (96 Members)

ALBRECHT Jan Philipp

BALZ Burkhard

BÖGE Reimer

BROK Elmar

BUCHNER Klaus

BULLMANN Udo

BÜTIKOFER Reinhard

CASPARY Daniel

COLLIN-LANGEN Birgit

CRAMER Michael

DE MASI Fabio

DESS Albert

ECK Stefan

EHLER Christian

ERNST Cornelia

ERTUG Ismail

FERBER Markus

FLECKENSTEIN Knut

FLORENZ Karl-Heinz

GAHLER Michael

GEBHARDT Evelyne

GEIER Jens

GERICKE Arne

GIEGOLD Sven

GIESEKE Jens

GRÄSSLE Ingeborg

GROOTE Matthias

HÄNDEL Thomas

HARMS Rebecca

HÄUSLING Martin

HENKEL Hans-Olaf

HEUBUCH Maria

HOFFMANN Iris

HOHLMEIER Monika

JAHR Peter

KAMMEREVERT Petra

KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne

KELLER Ska

KOCH Dieter-Lebrecht

KÖLMEL Bernd

KÖSTER Dietmar

KREHL Constanze Angela

KUHN Werner

LAMBSDORFF Alexander Graf

LANGE Bernd

LANGEN Werner

LEINEN Jo

LIESE Peter

LIETZ Arne

LINS Norbert

LOCHBIHLER Barbara

LÖSING Sabine

LUCKE Bernd

McALLISTER David

MANN Thomas

MEISSNER Gesine

MELIOR Susanne

MICHELS Martina

MÜLLER Ulrike

NEUSER Norbert

NIEBLER Angelika

NOICHL Maria

PIEPER Markus

PRETZELL Marcus

PREUSS Gabriele

QUISTHOUDT-ROWOHL Godelieve

REDA Julia

REINTKE Theresa

REUL Herbert

RODUST Ulrike

SCHOLZ Helmut

SCHULZ Martin

SCHULZE Sven

SCHUSTER Joachim

SCHWAB Andreas

SIMON Peter

SIPPEL Birgit

SOMMER Renate

SONNEBORN Martin

STARBATTY Joachim

STEINRUCK Jutta

von STORCH Beatrix

THEURER Michael

TREBESIUS Ulrike

TRÜPEL Helga

VERHEYEN Sabine

VOIGT Udo

VOSS Axel

WEBER Manfred

von WEIZSÄCKER Jakob

WERNER Martina

WESTPHAL Kerstin

WIELAND Rainer

WINKLER Hermann

ZELLER Joachim

ZIMMER Gabriele

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Estonia (6 Members)

ANSIP Andrus*

KALLAS Kaja

KELAM Tunne

LAURISTIN Marju

PAET Urmas**

TARAND Indrek

TOOM Yana

(*)    Mr Andrus ANSIP’s mandate ended on 1 November 2014.

(**)  Mandate valid with effect from 3 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Urmas PAET to replace Mr Andrus ANSIP.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Ireland (11 Members)

BOYLAN Lynn

CARTY Matt

CHILDERS Nessa

CLUNE Deirdre

CROWLEY Brian

FLANAGAN Luke “Ming”

HARKIN Marian

HAYES Brian

KELLY Seán

McGUINNESS Mairead

NÍ RIADA Liadh

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Greece (21 Members)

ANDROULAKIS Nikos

CHRYSOGONOS Konstantinos

EPITIDEIOS Georgios

FOUNTOULIS Lampros

GLEZOS Emmanouil

GRAMMATIKAKIS Giorgos

KAILI Eva

KATROUGALOS Georgios

KEFALOGIANNIS Manolis

KUNEVA Kostadinka

KYRKOS Miltiadis

KYRTSOS Georgios

MARIAS Notis

PAPADAKIS Konstantinos

PAPADIMOULIS Dimitrios

SAKORAFA Sofia

SPYRAKI Maria

SYNADINOS Eleytherios

VOZEMBERG Elissavet

ZAGORAKIS Theodoros

ZARIANOPOULOS Sotirios

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Spain (54 Members)

AGUILERA GARCÍA Clara Eugenia

ALBIOL GUZMÁN Marina

ARIAS CAÑETE Miguel*

AYALA SENDER Inés

AYUSO Pilar

BECERRA BASTERRECHEA Beatriz

BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun

BLANCO LÓPEZ José

CABEZÓN RUIZ Soledad

CALVET CHAMBON Enrique**

COUSO PERMUY Javier***

del CASTILLO VERA Pilar

de GRANDES PASCUAL Luis

DÍAZ DE MERA GARCÍA

CONSUEGRA Agustín

ECHENIQUE ROBBA Pablo

ESTARÀS FERRAGUT Rosa

FERNÁNDEZ ÁLVAREZ Jonás

FISAS AYXELÀ Santiago

GAMBÚS Francesc

GARCÍA PÉREZ Iratxe

GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider

GIRAUTA VIDAL Juan Carlos

GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS Tania****

GONZÁLEZ PONS Esteban

GUERRERO SALOM Enrique

GUTIÉRREZ PRIETO Sergio

HERRANZ GARCÍA Esther

IGLESIAS TURRIÓN Pablo

ITURGAIZ Carlos*****

JÁUREGUI ATONDO Ramón

JIMÉNEZ-BECERRIL BARRIO Teresa

JIMÉNEZ VILLAREJO Carlos******

JUARISTI ABAUNZ Iosu Mirena

LOPE FONTAGNÉ Verónica

LÓPEZ AGUILAR Juan Fernando

LÓPEZ BERMEJO Paloma

LÓPEZ FERNÁNDEZ Javier

LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ WHITE Antonio

MARAGALL Ernest

MATO ADROVER Gabriel

MAURA BARANDIARÁN Fernando

MEYER Willy*******

MILLÁN MON Francisco José

NART Javier

RODRIGUEZ-RUBIO VÁZQUEZ Maria Teresa

SÁNCHEZ CALDENTEY Lola

SEBASTIÀ TALAVERA Jordi

SENRA RODRÍGUEZ María Lidia

SOSA WAGNER Francisco********

TERRICABRAS Josep-Maria

TREMOSA i BALCELLS Ramon

URTASUN Ernest

VALCÁRCEL SISO Ramón Luis

VALENCIANO MARTÍNEZ-OROZCO Elena

VALLINA DE LA NOVAL Ángela Rosa

ZALBA BIDEGAIN Pablo

(*)      Mr Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE’s mandate ended on 1 November 2014.

(**)     Mandate valid with effect from 20 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Enrique CALVET CHAMBON to replace Mr Francisco SOSA WAGNER.

(***)   Mandate valid with effect from 15 July 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of M Javier COUSO PERMUY to replace Mr Willy MEYER.

(****) Mandate valid with effect from 11 September 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Ms Tania GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS to replace Mr Carlos JIMÉNEZ VILLAREJO.

(*****)Mandate valid with effect from 6 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Carlos ITURGAIZ to replace Mr Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE.

(******) Mr Carlos JIMÉNEZ VILLAREJO's mandate ended on 1 August 2014.

(*******) Mr Willy MEYER's mandate ended on 10 July 2014.

(********) Mr Francisco SOSA WAGNER's mandate ended on 20 October 2014.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

France (74 Members)

ALIOT Louis

ALLIOT-MARIE Michèle

ANDRIEU Eric

ARNAUTU Marie-Christine

ARTHUIS Jean

BALAS Guillaume

BAY Nicolas

BERÈS Pervenche

BERGERON Joëlle

BILDE Dominique

BOUTONNET Marie-Christine

BOVÉ José

BRIOIS Steeve

CADEC Alain

CAVADA Jean-Marie

CHAUPRADE Aymeric

DANJEAN Arnaud

DANTIN Michel

DATI Rachida

DELAHAYE Angélique

DELLI Karima

DENANOT Jean-Paul

de SARNEZ Marielle

D'ORNANO Mireille

DURAND Pascal

FERRAND Edouard

GODDYN SYLVIE

GOLLNISCH Bruno

GOULARD Sylvie

GRIESBECK Nathalie

GROSSETÊTE Françoise

GUILLAUME Sylvie

HORTEFEUX Brice

JADOT Yannick

JALKH Jean-François

JOLY Eva

JOULAUD Marc

JUVIN Philippe

LAMASSOURE Alain

LAVRILLEUX Jérôme

LEBRETON Gilles

LE GRIP Constance

LE HYARIC Patrick

LE PEN Jean-Marie

LE PEN Marine

LOISEAU Philippe

MANSCOUR Louis-Joseph

MARTIN Dominique

MARTIN Edouard

MAUREL Emmanuel

MÉLENCHON Jean-Luc

MELIN Joelle

MONOT Bernard

MONTEL Sophie

MORANO Nadine

MORIN-CHARTIER Elisabeth

MUSELIER Renaud

OMARJEE Younous

PARGNEAUX Gilles

PEILLON Vincent

PHILIPPOT Florian

PONGA Maurice

PROUST Franck

REVAULT D'ALLONNES BONNEFOY Christine

RIQUET Dominique

RIVASI Michèle

ROCHEFORT Robert

ROZIÈRE Virginie

SAÏFI Tokia

SANDER Anne

SCHAFFHAUSER Jean-Luc

THOMAS Isabelle

TROSZCZYNSKI Mylène

VERGIAT Marie-Christine

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Italy (73 Members)

ADINOLFI Isabella

AFFRONTE Marco

AGEA Laura

AIUTO Daniela

BEGHIN Tiziana

BENIFEI Brando Maria

BETTINI Goffredo Maria

BIZZOTTO Mara

BONAFÈ Simona

BORGHEZIO Mario

BORRELLI Davide

BRESSO Mercedes

BRIANO Renata

BUONANNO Gianluca

CAPUTO Nicola

CASTALDO Fabio Massimo

CESA Lorenzo

CHINNICI Caterina

CICU Salvatore

CIRIO Alberto

COFFERATI Sergio Gaetano

COMI Lara

CORRAO Ignazio

COSTA Silvia

COZZOLINO Andrea

D'AMATO Rosa

DANTI Nicola

DE CASTRO Paolo

DE MONTE Isabella

DORFMANN Herbert

EVI Eleonora

FERRARA Laura

FITTO Raffaele

FONTANA Lorenzo*

FORENZA Eleonora

GARDINI Elisabetta

GASBARRA Enrico

GENTILE Elena

GIUFFRIDA Michela

GUALTIERI Roberto

KYENGE Kashetu

LA VIA Giovanni

MALTESE Curzio

MARTUSCIELLO Fulvio

MATERA Barbara

MOI Giulia

MORETTI Alessandra

MORGANO Luigi

MOSCA Alessia Maria

MUSSOLINI Alessandra

PANZERI Pier Antonio

PAOLUCCI Massimo

PATRICIELLO Aldo

PEDICINI Piernicola

PICIERNO Giuseppina

PITTELLA Gianni

POGLIESE Salvatore Domenico

SALINI Massimiliano

SALVINI Matteo

SASSOLI David-Maria

SCHLEIN Elena Ethel

SERNAGIOTTO Remo

SORU Renato

SPINELLI Barbara

TAJANI Antonio

TAMBURRANO Dario

TOIA Patrizia

TOSI Flavio**

TOTI Giovanni

VALLI Marco

VIOTTI Daniele

ZANNI Marco

ZANONATO Flavio

ZULLO Marco

(*)    Mandate valid with effect from 11 July 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Lorenzo FONTANA to replace Mr Flavio TOSI.

(**)  Mr Flavio TOSI's mandate ended on 9 July 2014.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Cyprus (6 Members)

CHRISTOFOROU Lefteris *

HADJIGEORGIOU Takis

MAVRIDES Costas

PAPADAKIS Demetris

STYLIANIDES Christos**

SYLIKIOTIS Neoklis

THEOCHAROUS Eleni

(*)    Mandate valid with effect from 3 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Lefteris CHRISTOFOROU to replace Mr Christos STYLIANIDES.

(**)  Mr Christos STYLIANIDES’s mandate ended on 1 November 2014.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Latvia (8 Members)

DOMBROVSKIS Valdis*

GRIGULE Iveta

KALNIETE Sandra

KARIŅŠ Krišjānis

MAMIKINS Andrejs

PABRIKS Artis

VAIDERE Inese**

ŽDANOKA Tatjana

ZĪLE Roberts

(*)    Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS’s mandate ended on 1 November 2014.

(**)  Mandate valid with effect from 1 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Ms Inese VAIDERE to replace Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Lithuania (11 Members)

AUŠTREVIČIUS Petras

BALČYTIS Zigmantas

BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ Vilija

GUOGA Antanas

LANDSBERGIS Gabrielius

MAZURONIS Valentinas

PAKSAS Rolandas

ROPÉ Bronis

SAUDARGAS Algirdas

TOMAŠEVSKI Valdemar

USPASKICH Viktor

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Luxembourg (6 Members)

BACH Georges

DELVAUX-STEHRES Mady

ENGEL Frank

GOERENS Charles

REDING Viviane

TURMES Claude

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Croatia (11 Members)

BORZAN Biljana

JAKOVČIĆ Ivan

MALETIĆ Ivana

PETIR Marijana

PICULA Tonino

PLENKOVIĆ Andrej

RADOŠ Jozo

ŠKRLEC Davor

STIER Davor Ivo

ŠUICA Dubravka

TOMAŠIĆ Ruža

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Hungary (21 Members)

BALCZÓ Zoltán

BOCSKOR Andrea

DELI Andor

DEUTSCH Tamás

ERDŐS Norbert

GÁL Kinga

GÁLL-PELCZ Ildikó

GYÜRK András

HÖLVÉNYI György

JÁVOR Benedek

KÓSA Ádám

KOVÁCS Béla

MESZERICS Tamás

MOLNÁR Csaba

MORVAI Krisztina

NIEDERMÜLLER Péter

SCHÖPFLIN György

SZÁJER József

SZANYI Tibor Jenő

TŐKÉS László

UJHELYI István

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Malta (6 Members)

CASA David

COMODINI CACHIA Therese

DALLI Miriam

METSOLA Roberta

MIZZI Marlene

SANT Alfred

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Netherlands (26 Members)

van BAALEN Johannes Cornelis

BELDER Bas

van de CAMP Wim

van DALEN Peter

EICKHOUT Bas

GERBRANDY Gerben-Jan

de GRAAFF Marcel

HAZEKAMP Antje Anna Helena

HUITEMA Jan

JANSEN Hans

de JONG Cornelis

JONGERIUS Agnes

de LANGE Esther

LENAERS Jeroen

MAEIJER Vicky

van MILTENBURG Matthijs

MINEUR Anne-Marie

van NIEUWENHUIZEN-WIJBENGA Cora

van NISTELROOIJ Lambert

PIRI Kati

SARGENTINI Judith

SCHAAKE Marietje

SCHREIJER-PIERIK Annie

STUGER Olaf

TANG Paul

in 't VELD Sophia

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Austria (18 Members)

BECKER Heinz K.

FREUND Eugen

KADENBACH Karin

KAPPEL Barbara

KARAS Othmar

KÖSTINGER Elisabeth

LEICHTFRIED Jörg

LUNACEK Ulrike

MAYER Georg

MLINAR Angelika

OBERMAYR Franz

REGNER Evelyn

REIMON Michel

RÜBIG Paul

SCHMIDT Claudia

VANA Monika

VILIMSKY Harald

WEIDENHOLZER Josef

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Poland (51 Members)

BONI Michał

BUZEK Jerzy

CZARNECKI Ryszard

DUDA Andrzej Sebastian

FOTYGA Anna Elżbieta

GERINGER de OEDENBERG Lidia Joanna

GIEREK Adam

GOSIEWSKA Beata Barbara

GRÓBARCZYK Marek Józef

GRZYB Andrzej

HETMAN Krzysztof

HÜBNER Danuta Maria

IWASZKIEWICZ Robert Jarosław

JACKIEWICZ Dawid Bohdan

JAZŁOWIECKA Danuta

JUREK Marek

KALINOWSKI Jarosław

KARSKI Karol Adam

KORWIN-MIKKE Janusz Ryszard

KOZŁOWSKA-RAJEWICZ Agnieszka

KRASNODĘBSKI Zdzisław Marek

KUDRYCKA Barbara

KUŹMIUK Zbigniew Krzysztof

LEGUTKO Ryszard Antoni

LEWANDOWSKI Janusz

LIBERADZKI Bogusław

ŁUKACIJEWSKA Elżbieta Katarzyna

ŁYBACKA Krystyna

MARUSIK Michał

OLBRYCHT Jan

OŻÓG Stanisław

PIECHA Bolesław Grzegorz

PIOTROWSKI Mirosław

PITERA Julia

PLURA Marek Mirosław

PORĘBA Tomasz Piotr

ROSATI Dariusz

SARYUSZ-WOLSKI Jacek

SIEKIERSKI Czesław Adam

SZEJNFELD Adam

THUN UND HOHENSTEIN Róża Gräfin von

UJAZDOWSKI Kazimierz Michał

WAŁĘSA Jarosław Leszek

WENTA Bogdan Brunon

WIŚNIEWSKA Jadwiga

WOJCIECHOWSKI Janusz

ZDROJEWSKI Bogdan Andrzej

ZEMKE Janusz Władysław

ZŁOTOWSKI Kosma Tadeusz

ZWIEFKA Tadeusz

ŻÓŁTEK Stanisław Józef

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Portugal (21 Members)

ASSIS Francisco

COELHO Carlos

FARIA José Inácio

FERNANDES José Manuel

FERREIRA Elisa

FERREIRA João

GOMES Ana

MARINHO E PINTO António

MATIAS Marisa

MELO Nuno

MONTEIRO DE AGUIAR Cláudia

RANGEL Paulo

RIBEIRO Sofia

RODRIGUES Liliana

RODRIGUES Maria João

RUAS Fernando

SERRÃO SANTOS Ricardo

SILVA PEREIRA Pedro

VIEGAS Miguel

ZORRINHO Carlos

ZUBER Inês Cristina

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Romania (32 Members)

BOŞTINARU Victor

BUDA Daniel

BUŞOI Cristian Silviu

CREŢU Corina*

CRISTEA Andi-Lucian

DĂNCILĂ Vasilica Viorica

DIACONU Mircea

DRĂGHICI Damian

FRUNZULICĂ Doru-Claudian

GRAPINI Maria

HELLVIG Eduard-Raul

IVAN Cătălin Sorin

MACOVEI Monica Luisa

MĂNESCU Ramona Nicole

MARINESCU Marian-Jean

MOISĂ Ionel-Sorin

MUREȘAN Siegfried Vasile

NEGRESCU Victor

NICA Dan

NICOLAI Norica

PAŞCU Ioan Mircea

PAVEL Emilian **

PREDA Cristian Dan

REBEGA Constantin-Laurențiu

SÂRBU Daciana Octavia

SÓGOR Csaba

STOLOJAN Theodor Dumitru

TĂNĂSESCU Claudiu Ciprian

TAPARDEL Ana-Claudia

UNGUREANU Traian

VĂLEAN Adina-Ioana

WEBER Renate

WINKLER Iuliu

(*)    Ms Corina CREŢU’s mandate ended on 1 November 2014.

(**)  Mandate valid with effect from 1 November 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Mr Emilian PAVEL to replace Ms Corina CREŢU.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Slovenia (8 Members)

BOGOVIČ Franc

FAJON Tanja

PETERLE Alojz

ŠOLTES Igor

ŠULIN Patricija

TOMC Romana

VAJGL Ivo

ZVER Milan

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Slovakia (13 Members)

CSÁKY Pál

FLAŠIKOVÁ BEŇOVÁ Monika

KUKAN Eduard

MAŇKA Vladimír

MIKOLÁŠIK Miroslav

NAGY József

SMOLKOVÁ Monika

ŠKRIPEK Branislav

ŠTEFANEC Ivan

SULÍK Richard

ZÁBORSKÁ Anna

ZALA Boris

ŽITŇANSKÁ Jana

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Finland (13 Members)

HALLA-AHO Jussi

HAUTALA Heidi

JAAKONSAARI Liisa

JÄÄTTEENMÄKI Anneli

KUMPULA-NATRI Miapetra

KYLLÖNEN Merja

PIETIKÄINEN Sirpa

REHN Olli

SARVAMAA Petri

TERHO Sampo

TORVALDS Nils

VÄYRYNEN Paavo

VIRKKUNEN Henna

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

Sweden (20 Members)

ADAKTUSSON Lars

ANDERSSON Max

BJÖRK Malin

CEBALLOS Bodil

CORAZZA BILDT Anna Maria

ENGSTRÖM Linnéa*

ERIKSSON Peter

FEDERLEY Fredrick

FJELLNER Christofer

GUTELAND Jytte

HEDH Anna

HÖKMARK Gunnar

LÖVIN Isabella**

LUDVIGSSON Olle

LUNDGREN Peter

NILSSON Jens

PAULSEN Marit

POST Soraya

ULVSKOG Marita

WIKSTRÖM Cecilia

WINBERG Kristina

(*)      Mandate valid with effect from 8 October 2014, date of the notification by the competent national authority of the election of Ms Linnéa ENGSTRÖM to replace Ms Isabella LÖVIN.

(**)    Ms Isabella LÖVIN's mandate ended on 3 October 2014.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BY MEMBER STATE

(1 July 2014)

United Kingdom (73 Members)

AGNEW John Stuart

AKER Tim

ANDERSON Lucy

ANDERSON Martina

ARNOTT Jonathan

ASHWORTH Richard

ATKINSON Janice

BASHIR Amjad

BATTEN Gerard

BEARDER Catherine

BOURS Louise

BRADBOURN Philip*

BRANNEN Paul

CAMPBELL BANNERMAN David

CARVER Jim

COBURN David

COLLINS Jane

CORBETT Richard

DANCE Seb

(The Earl of) DARTMOUTH William

DEVA Nirj

DODDS Anneliese

DODDS Diane

DUNCAN Ian

ETHERIDGE Bill

EVANS Jill

FARAGE Nigel

FINCH Raymond

FORD Vicky

FOSTER Jacqueline

FOX Ashley

GILL Nathan

GILL Neena

GIRLING Julie

GRIFFIN Theresa

HANNAN Daniel

HELMER Roger

HONEYBALL Mary

HOOKEM Mike

HOWITT Richard

HUDGHTON Ian

JAMES Diane

KAMALL Syed

KARIM Sajjad

KHAN Afzal

KIRKHOPE Timothy

KIRTON-DARLING Jude

LAMBERT Jean

LEWER Andrew

McAVAN Linda

McCLARKIN Emma

McINTYRE Anthea

MARTIN David

MOODY Clare

MORAES Claude

NICHOLSON James

NUTTALL Paul

O'FLYNN Patrick

PARKER Margot

REID Julia

SCOTT CATO Molly

SEYMOUR Jill

SIMON Sion

SMITH Alyn

STIHLER Catherine

SWINBURNE Kay

TANNOCK Charles

TAYLOR Keith

VAN ORDEN Geoffrey

VAUGHAN Derek

WARD Julie

WILLMOTT Glenis

WOOLFE Steven

(*)       Mr Philip BRADBOURN's mandate ended on 21 December 2014.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

1. Generalities

Under Annex VI, section XVI, point 10, of the Rules of Procedure, the Committee on Legal Affairs is responsible for the verification of Members' credentials. This report relates to the results of the direct election to the European Parliament held from 22 to 25 May 2014 and is based on the official notifications by all the Member States of the full election results.

2. Legal framework governing the verification of credentials

The verification of credentials of the newly elected Members of the European Parliament is governed by the Act of 20 September 1976 concerning the election of the Members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage (as amended by Council Decision 2002/772/EC, Euratom of 25 June and 23 September 2002) and by Parliament's Rules of Procedure.

In particular, pursuant to Article 12 of the Act of 1976, the European Parliament shall verify the credentials of its Members. For this purpose it shall take note of the results declared officially by the Member States and shall rule on any disputes which may arise out of the provisions of the Act other those arising out of the national provisions to which the Act refers. The Court of Justice has made it clear that the use of the expression ‘take note’ in the context of the Act of 1976 must be interpreted as indicating Parliament’s complete lack of discretion in the matter(1).

In accordance with Article 5 of the Act, the term of office of Members began with the opening of the first sitting of Parliament, which took place on 1 July 2014 (eighth legislative term).

Pursuant to Rule 3(3) and (4) of the Rules of Procedure, on the basis of a report by the committee responsible, Parliament shall verify the credentials without delay and rule on the validity of the mandate of each of its newly elected Members and also on any dispute referred to it pursuant to the provisions of the Act of 20 September 1976, except those based on national electoral laws. The committee's report shall be based on the official notification by each Member State of the full results of the election specifying the names of the candidates elected and those of any substitutes together with their ranking in accordance with the results of the vote.

It should be noted that, pursuant to Rule 3(2), first subparagraph, until such time as Members' credentials have been verified or a ruling has been given on any dispute, and provided that they have previously signed a written declaration on the absence of incompatible offices (see further), they shall take their seat in Parliament and on its bodies and shall enjoy all the rights attaching thereto.

3. Specific issues

a) Members' declarations

Members are required to sign a written declaration on the absence of incompatible offices and a written declaration on their financial interests, failing which the validity of their mandate cannot be confirmed (Rule 3(4), second subparagraph).

In particular, Members whose election has been notified to Parliament shall make a written declaration, before taking their seat in Parliament, that they do not hold any office incompatible with that of Member of the European Parliament within the meaning of Article 7(1) or (2) of the Act of 20 September 1976. Following general elections, this declaration shall be made, where possible, no later than six days prior to Parliament's constitutive sitting (Rule 3(2)). Members shall also make a written declaration on their financial interests, disclosing information on their remuneration sources for transparency purposes, pursuant to Rule 9 and Annex I of the Rules of Procedure. These declarations have to be made on two separate forms handed to Members after their election. Making the declarations is the sole responsibility of the Member, who must make them to the best of his or her knowledge. Members should, therefore, be as accurate as possible, in particular in respect of the amount of their income, which should always be clearly specified.

According to the information available to date, all Members have signed the declaration on the absence of incompatible offices and the declaration on their financial interests.

b) Disputes

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Act of 1976, Parliament shall rule on any disputes which may arise out of the provisions of the same Act other those arising out of the national provisions to which the Act refers.

The Court of Justice has established that it is clear from the wording itself of Article 12 that that article does not confer on the Parliament the power to settle disputes which arise out of EU law as a whole. According to the clear wording of that article, it applies only to disputes which … arise out of the provisions of this act (2). Examples of such disputes may range from objections to the election of Members in a list providing for alternation of female and male candidates, in purported breach of the principle of direct universal suffrage (Article1(3) of the Act), to objections to the way a Member State has set a minimum threshold for the allocation of seats, in purported breach of Article 3 of the Act.

According to the information available to date, no disputes have been brought before the European Parliament. However, given that disputes may arise even at a later stage, Rule 3(4), third subparagraph, lays down that on the basis of a report by the committee responsible, “Parliament may at any time rule on any dispute as to the validity of the mandate of any of its Members.

c) Disenfranchisement

It appears that nationals of some Member States who have been living in another country for a given period of time can be deprived of the right to vote in their home Member State. Albeit to different extents, this is the case in Cyprus, Denmark, Ireland, Malta and the UK. Where franchise and eligibility are interdependent, this may also entail the deprivation of the right to stand as a candidate.

Disenfranchisement, as this mechanism is called, is hardly justifiable in modern societies where contacts with one's homeland can be easily maintained even from great distances.

Most importantly, disenfranchisement cannot be regarded as compatible with EU law at least for two reasons. Firstly, it is tantamount to punishing citizens who have exercised the right of free movement within the EU and to denying their right to vote and to stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament in their Member State of residence as provided for by Article 20(2)(a) and (b) TFEU. Secondly, even when it only applies to nationals residing in a third country – as is the case in Cyprus, Denmark and Malta – it clearly violates the principle that Parliament is elected by universal suffrage as enshrined in Article 14(3) TEU and Article 1(3) of the Act of 1976.

The Rapporteur, therefore, takes the view that on no account may disenfranchisement apply to the European election and calls on the Commission to make sure that none of the Member States provides for that possibility(3).

d) Exercise of electoral rights

Pursuant to Article 20(2)(b) TFEU, citizens of the EU enjoy the right to vote and to stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament and in municipal elections in their Member State of residence, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. These rights are fleshed out in Council Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993 laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals (as amended by Council Directive 2013/1/EU of 20 December 2012).

In some Member States the exercise of these rights is subject to certain formalities which may make the participation in elections particularly difficult, if not impossible. For instance, the Electoral Commission of the UK reported that number of nationals of other EU Member States residing in that country complained that they were not able to vote in the last European election because they had not complied with the necessary formalities(4).

If this is a serious curtailment of EU citizens' right, complexity or even disparity in registration formalities might also affect the right to stand as a candidate in the elections to the European Parliament. In the UK, for instance, Schedule 1, Rule 9, of the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004 – as amended by the European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2013 as well as by the European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2009 – lays down that a candidate who is a relevant citizen of the Union is not validly nominated as an individual candidate or as a candidate on a registered party’s list unless specific registration formalities are completed. These formalities are not imposed on UK nationals nor are they on Irish, Maltese and Cypriot citizens. What is more, under Schedule 1, Rule 10, of the same Regulations a person shall not be validly nominated as an individual candidate unless the sum of £5000 is deposited by him or on his behalf with the returning officer at the place and during the time for delivery of nomination papers.

The Rapporteur wonders whether the registration formalities relating to the participation of nationals of other EU Member States in the European election – in the UK as well as in any other country where similar problems might have arisen – cannot be simplified so as to make the rights referred to in Article 20(2)(a) and (b) TFUE more effective. The Commission is, in any event, requested to make sure that the relevant practices of the Member States comply with EU law.

(1)

See judgment in Le Pen v Parliament, C-208/03, EU:C:2005:429, paragraph 50; judgment in Italy and Donnici v Parliament, C-393/07 and C-9/08, EU:C:2009:275, paragraph 55.

(2)

See Judgment in Italy v Parliament, C-393/07 and C-9/08, EU:C:2009:275, paragraph 54.

(3)

The European Commission is already paying attention to the problem in connection with national elections: see COM(2013) 269 final, COM(2013) 270 final, COM(2014)33 and C(2014) 391 final.

(4)

See http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/169867/EP-and-local-elections-report-May-2014.pdf . Under the European Parliamentary Elections (Franchise of Relevant Citizens of the Union) Regulations 2001 (regulation 6), resident aliens who wish to vote in a European election in the UK must complete a separate declaration stating that they will not vote in their home country. Only those who have completed this declaration are entitled to be issued with a ballot paper. However, although they had registered to vote in the UK, the EU citizens in question had not successfully completed the necessary declaration and were, therefore, not allowed to vote at their local polling station. Apparently, they had not been informed, nor had they been in the position of being otherwise aware of the prescribed formalities. A group of citizens concerned by the problem also submitted a petition to the European Parliament which was forwarded to the committee responsible under Rule 215(6) (petition No. 1440/2014 [Christian Heitsch])


NOTIFICATION BY THE MEMBERS STATES

BE

30.06.2014

BG

06.06.2014

CZ

25.06.2014

DK

26.06.2014

DE

24.06.2014

EE

18.06.2014

IE

03.06.2014

GR

26.06.2014

ES

24.06.2014

15.09.2014

FR

12.06.2014

30.06.2014

IT

18.06.2014

01.07.2014

14.07.2014

CY

03.06.2014

LV

03.06.2014

LT

12.06.2014

LU

14.06.2014

HU

05.06.2014

MT

28.06.2014

NL

05.06.2014

18.06.2014

26.06.2014

AU

18.06.2014

PL

27.05.2014

PT

12.06.2014

RO

11.06.2014

SL

20.06.2014

SK

05.06.2014

24.06.2014

FI

30.05.2014

25.06.2014

SV

02.06.2014

UK

30.05.2014

HR

09.06.2014


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

20.1.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

22

0

2

Members present for the final vote

Max Andersson, Joëlle Bergeron, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Jean-Marie Cavada, Kostas Chrysogonos, Therese Comodini Cachia, Mady Delvaux, Andrzej Duda, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Laura Ferrara, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Mary Honeyball, Dietmar Köster, Gilles Lebreton, António Marinho e Pinto, Jiří Maštálka, Emil Radev, Julia Reda, Pavel Svoboda, Axel Voss, Tadeusz Zwiefka

Substitutes present for the final vote

Daniel Buda, Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Pascal Durand, Angel Dzhambazki, Heidi Hautala, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Angelika Niebler, Virginie Rozière, Viktor Uspaskich, Cecilia Wikström

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