At the end of EP seventh legislature: presidential debate, election night, constitution of groups, constitution of the new Parliament
The end of the EP's seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament.
The European Parliament has completed the final session of its seventh term, passing 70 acts. Over the past five years, Parliament adopted 970 legislative acts. The new, eighth, Parliament will be constituted on 1 July, after elections held from 22 to 25 May. Before then, a number of other events will take place.
On 15 May, a full presidential debate with the five leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission will be held in Parliament's Brussels Chamber, organized by the European Broadcasting Union (Eurovision). The debate, to last from 9 pm to 10.30 pm, will feature Jean-Claude Juncker for the European People's Party, Martin Schulz for the Party of European Socialists, Guy Verhofstadt for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Ska Keller for the Green Party and Alexis Tsipras for the Party of the European Left.
On 25 May, Parliament will hold its election night during which projections and results at European level will be presented to the media. Parliament's press room will be open throughout the weekend. A press briefing on the organisation of election night will be announced in due course.
On 27 May, the current Conference of Presidents – the EP president and leaders of the political groups – will convene at 11.30 am in order to give a first assessment of the election results. EP President Martin Schulz will inform European Council President Herman Van Rompuy of the Conference of Presidents' findings. The European Council – heads of state or government – will meet later that day.
The newly elected MEPs will meet over the month of June to form their political groups. All notifications of groups constituted must be handed in to the President of Parliament by 24 June.
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Note to editors
The European Parliament held 76 sessions in the past five years, lasting over 2,150 hours in total. It tabled 45,000 amendments and voted on 970 legislative acts and 754 non-legislative acts in plenary session. It held 27 formal sittings and a total of 22,403 roll-call and electronic votes were carried out in plenary (not including the two April sessions in 2014).