EP starts new term with seven political groups

Photo: EPA Brexit party members turn their backs on the musicians during the European Anthem at the first EP session, Strasbourg, 2 July.

The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg at 10.00 by outgoing President Antonio Tajani, EP press service reported. The new parliament is composed of seven political groups - one less than the previous legislature.

All MEPs who have not joined a political group are listed as non-aligned, but can decide at any stage to join a group. Since 2009, according to Parliament’s rules of procedure, a political group shall consist of at least 25 Members elected in at least seven member states.

In the new composition there are 61% new MEPs and a higher percentage of female MEPs than in the past (40%), compared to 37% in 2014. The youngest MEP is Kira Marie Peter-Hansen from Denmark (21) and the oldest is Silvio Berlusconi from Italy (82).

The new President of the EP will be elected tomorrow morning at 9am. Nominations must be submitted by political groups or by 1/20th of members by 22:00 this evening. Eight tellers, drawn by lot, have been appointed to oversee the vote.


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