CEPI and the European elections

Voting takes place throughout the EU between 22 and 25 May for the next European Parliament. The first polls open in the UK and the Netherlands on 22 May. A final forecast issued on 20 May by PollWatch2014 suggests that it is likely that the centre-right European Peoples Party (EPP) will emerge as the largest pan-European party following the elections. It predicts that the EPP will win 217 seats and the centre-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D) will win 201 seats.

However this does mean that the EPP would lose 1/5 of its current seats with the S&D retaining approximately the same number of seats as present. It is also forecast that the Greens, ALDE and the ECR groups will see significant losses, with more support for parties on the far-right and far-left. This is likely to indicate a more polarized Parliament. The different groups will have to work together in the new Parliament and form coalitions. 

CEPI looks forward with interest to the outcome of the elections and the successful composition of the new Parliament. It has published its own manifesto for the European elections which is available at .

Updated information about the European elections (and the eventual results) is available from the website of the European Parliament at .