European Union

European Parliament: 1979 - 1984 Outgoing Parliament

Distribution of political groups in the European Parliament
Political groups in the European Parliament Number of seats % of seats
S - Socialist Group 124 28.57%
PPE - Group of the European People's Party (Christian-Democratic Group) 117 26.96%
ED - European Democratic Group 63 14.52%
COM - Communist and Allies Group 48 11.06%
L - Liberal and Democratic Group 38 8.76%
DEP - Group of European Progressive Democrats 22 5.07%
CDI - Group for the Technical Coordination and Defence of Independent Groups and Members 12 2.76%
NI - Non-attached Members 10 2.30%

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.

MEPs' gender balance by year Constitutive session

Gender balance of MEPs by year
European Union
Year Women Men
1979 16% 84%
1984 18% 82%
1989 19% 81%
1994 26% 74%
1999 30% 70%
2004 31% 69%
2009 35% 65%
2014 37% 63%

Turnout by year Final results

Turnout in the European Union by year, in percentage points
Year European Union
2004 45.47%
2009 42.97%
2014 42.61%