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Results of the european elections in Austria

BACKGROUND NOTE

Brussels, October 14, 1996

RESULTS OF THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS IN AUSTRIA

The turn-out in the Austrian elections was 67,8 % (5.8 million electors for 7.9 million inhabitants).

The provisional allocation of the 21 seats is as follows:

Parties
% VOTE
MEPs
ÖVP (Österreichische Volkspartei)
29,6 (+1,3)
7 (+1)
SPÖ (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österrreich)
29,2 (-8,9)
6 (-2)
FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreich)
27,6 (+5,7)
6 (+1)
GRÜNE
6,7 (+2,7)
1 (-)
LIF (Liberales Forum)
4,2 (-1,3)
1 (-)

*        Difference with regard to the legislative elections of 17/12/1995
**    Difference with regard to current number of MEPs


NOTE : These results are provisional; they do not include the votes of the 50,000 Austrians living abroad. The final results will be published on 25 October.

Elections in Finland (16 seats) : 20 October

REACTION OF EPP President, Mr. KLAUS HÄNSCH

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS IN AUSTRIA: REACTION OF PRESIDENT HÄNSCH

The President of the European Parliament, Klaus HÄNSCH, described the turnout for last Sunday's European Elections in Austria as 'exemplary', adding that 'this is also the case, when we take into account that these elections went hand in hand with the regional elections in Vienna'.

The President congratulated the new Austrian members, and thanked those who had represented Austria within the EP since accession in January 1995.

'The turnout and the result, which reflects Austrian domestic politics, are for me proof that these are not protest elections, but reflect a change in the balance of the political forces whose elected members will represent Austria in the EP. Within the European Parliament itself, this result will have very little effect on the present distribution of political forces', concluded President HAENSCH.

Further Information: Angelina HERMANNS - Tel: 284.39.26

MEPS*

NOTE: The distribution amongst EP Political groups has still to be confirmed. Since no statements have been made with regard to possible changes of group, it is taken as read that they will continue to sit with the same groups as hitherto.

ÖVP (PPE) : 7
Ursula STENZEL / Karl HABSBURG / Reinhard RACK / Agnes SCHIERHUBER / Paul RÜBIG / / Hubert PIRKER / Marilies FLEMMING

SPÖ (PSE) : 6
Hannes SWOBODA / Hilde HAWLICEK / Harald ETTL / Ilona GRAENITZ / Herbert BÖSCH / Maria BERGER

FPÖ (Non attached) : 6
Franz LINSER / Peter SICHROVSKY / Daniela RASCHHOFER / Hans KRONBERGER / Klaus
LUKAS / Gerhard HAGER

Grüne (V) : 1
Johannes VOGGENHUBER

Liberales Forum (ELDR) : 1
Friedhelm FRISCHENSCHLAGER

*    Those underlined are sitting MEPs.


NOTE : This unofficial table has yet to be confirmed.

B DK D G E F IRL I L NL A P FIN S UK PE
PSE 6 3 40 10 21 16 1 18 2 7 6 10 4 7 63 214
PPE 7 3 47 9 30 12 4 14 2 10 7 1 4 5 19 174
UPE 2 16 7 27 1 3 56
ELDR 6 5 2 1 1 6 1 10 1 8 6 3 2 52
GUE/
NGL
1
4 9 7 5 3 1 3 33
V 2 12 2 4 1 1 1 4 27
ARE 2 12 2 1 2 20
EdN 4 12 2 18
NI 3 11 11 6 1 32
Total 25 16 99 25 64 87 15 87 6 31 21 25 16 22 87 626

Note: To form a group requires:

- 29 members from a single member state;
- 23 members from two member states;
- 18 members from three member states;
- 14 members from four or more.

Further Information : Jacques NANCY - Tel: 284.24.85 - Etienne BASSOT - Tel: 284.47.41, European Parliament Office in Vienna - Tel: +(43 1) 51.61.70

 
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