European Parliament election, 2004 (Italy)

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Italian election of European Parliament, 2004
Italy
1999 ←
13 June 2004
→ 2009

78 seats to the European Parliament
  First party Second party
  Romano Prodi in Nova Gorica (2c).jpg Berlusconi-2010-1.jpg
Leader Romano Prodi Silvio Berlusconi
Party The Olive Tree Forza Italia
Leader since 13 June 2004 18 January 1994
Last election totally 33.2% 25.2%
Seats before 29 22
Seats won 24 16
Seat change Decrease5 Decrease6
Popular vote 10,105,836 6,806,245
Percentage 31.1% 20.9%
Swing Decrease2.1% Decrease4.3%

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Major parties in each Province

Elections to the European Parliament were held in Italy on 12 and 13 June 2004. Italy's highly fragmented party system made it hard to identify an overall trend, but the results were generally seen as a defeat for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a victory for the centre-left opposition coalition identified with Romano Prodi, who was President of the European Commission until 2004, and was widely expected to re-enter Italian politics at the next election.

The common list of the Olive Tree, comprising mainly the Democrats of the Left and Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy became the largest list, with an important psychological effect. However, expectations for this list were originally somewhat larger, and Massimo D'Alema had proclaimed that "If the unity list reaches 33%, the government has to go".

While the Unity list's performance was not as phenomenal as it had hoped, the test indicated a somewhat reduced support for the centre-right coalition. However, in European elections, Italians tend to vote in a more candidate-oriented way, giving their vote more easily to a candidate outside their usual party; this generally reduces the significance of these elections.

Results[edit]

Registered voters: 49,804,087 100.0%
Turnout: 35,717,655 71.7%
Valid votes: 32,516,246 65.3%
Party Votes % Change Seats Change
United in the Olive Tree
Democrats of the Left (DS / PES) - - - 14 -1
The Daisy (DL / EDP) - - - 7 -4
Italian Democratic Socialists (SDI / PES) - - - 2 =
European Republican Movement (MRE / ELDR) - - - 1 =
Total 10,105,836 31.08 -2.1 24 -5
Forza Italia (FI / EPP) 6,806,245 20.93 -4.3 16 -6
National Alliance (AN / UEN) 3,736,606 11.49 +1.2 9 =
Communist Refoundation Party (PRC / EUL-NGL) 1,969,776 6.06 +1.8 5 +1
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC / EPP) 1,914,726 5.89 +1.2 5 +1
Lega Nord (LN / UEN) 1,613,506 4.96 +0.5 4 =
Federation of the Greens (FdV / Green-EFA) 803,356 2.47 +0.7 2 =
Party of Italian Communists (PdCI / EUL-NGL) 787,613 2.42 +0.4 2 =
Bonino List (Rad. / Ind) 731,536 2.25 -6.2 2 -5
Civil Society of Di Pietro - Occhetto (IdV / ELDR) 695,179 2.14 - 2 +2
United Socialists for Europe (NPSI / Ind) 664,463 2.04 - 2 +2
Popular Alliance - UDEUR (UDEUR / EPP) 419,173 1.29 -0.3 1 =
Social Alternative (AS / Ind) 400,626 1.23 - 1 +1
Pensioners' Party (PP / EPP) 374,343 1.15 +0.4 1 =
Tricolour Flame (FT / Ind) 237,058 0.73 -0.9 1 =
Italian Republican Party - Sgarbi Liberals 233,144 0.72 +0.2 0 -1
Segni-Scognamiglio Pact 172,556 0.53 - 0 =
LAL - LFV - PSdA - UfS 160,101 0.49 - 0 =
Consumers' List 160,066 0.49 - 0 =
Abolizione Scorporo - Greens Greens 158,988 0.49 - 0 =
South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP / EPP)¹ 146,357 0.45 -0.0 1 =
New Country 78,003 0.24 - 0 =
No Euro 70,220 0.22 - 0 =
Social Idea Movement 47,171 0.15 - 0 =
Federalism in Europe 29,598 0.09 -0.0 0 =
Total 32,516,246 100.00 - 78 -9

¹ United in the Olive Tree run in coalition with SVP in North-Eastern Italy. Michl Ebner of the SVP was so elected thanks to the electoral law provisions protecting ethnic minorities.

Seats[edit]

The five constituencies for European elections

Seats are allocated to party lists on a national basis using an electoral quota, with the residue given to the lists with the largest excess over whole quotas. An electoral quota is then calculated for each list and used to allocate seats to each list in each of the five electoral regions.

Electoral Region Administrative Regions Seats
North-West Aosta Valley, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont 23
North-East Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Veneto 15
Central Latium, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria 16
Southern Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise 17
Islands Sardinia, Sicily 7

Members returned[edit]

See MEPs for Italy 2004 - 2009 for a national list in alphabetical order.

North-West[edit]

North-East[edit]

Central[edit]

Southern[edit]

Islands[edit]

External links[edit]

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