EU sets dates for 2019 parliamentary elections

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Election assistants prepare the vote count of the postal ballot for the European election 2014 in Munich, Germany, May 25, 2014.

EU sets dates for 2019 parliamentary elections


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The Council of the European Union on May 22 set May 23-26, 2019 as the dates for the EU’s next parliamentary elections.

According to the EU General Affairs Council, all ministers of the EU-28 Member States agreed on the dates set after consulting with the European Parliament, The dates are a break with Brussels’ 1976 Electoral Act, according to which European parliamentary elections are to take place from Thursday to Sunday in the first full week of June.

The Act, however, enables the Council to decide unanimously on other dates after it consults with the European Parliament.

The European Parliament has proposed that 27 of the 73 seats currently allocated to Britain be redistributed to 14 other member states “to reflect demographic changes”, while also suggesting that the number of seats should be cut from 751 to 705.

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