European Parliament election, 2014 (Slovenia)

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Slovenia European Parliament election, 2014
Slovenia
2009 ←
25 May 2014 → 2019

8 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout 24.55 %
  First party Second party Third party
  Milan Zver 2011 2011 Lojze Peterle Igor Šoltes.jpg
Leader Milan Zver Lojze Peterle Igor Šoltes
Party SDS NSiSLS Verjamem
Alliance EPP EPP Greens–EFA
Last election 26.66 % 16.58 % New Party
Seats before 3 1 New Party
Seats after 3 2 1
Seat change Steady 0 Increase 1 Increase 1
Popular vote 99.643 66.760 41.525
Percentage 24.78 % 16.60 % 10.33 %
Swing Decrease 1.88 % Increase 0.02 % Increase 10.33 %

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Ivo Vajgl 2011 Igor Lukšič.jpg
Leader Ivo Vajgl Igor Lukšič
Party DeSUS SD
Alliance ALDE PES
Last election 7.18 %
Seats before 0 2
Seats after 1 1
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 32.662 32.484
Percentage 8.12% 8.08 %
Swing Increase 3.78 % Decrease 10.35 %

European Parliament elections were held in Slovenia on 25 May 2014. It was the first in the series of three elections held in the 2014, and the major test leading up to the parliamentary elections in July. The political atmosphere was in a crisis that started with the fall of Borut Pahor's government, then Janez Janša's government in 2013, the latter coming after Janša was accused of corruption.[1] The cabinet of Alenka Bratušek was breaking up, as the former leader of the Positive Slovenia Zoran Janković, who was under the suspicion of corruption, announced his candidature for party president, even though the coalition parties threatened to leave the government if he was to be elected, which later he was.[2]

The main characteristic of the elections was the participation of several new parties, founded during the recent years of crisis. Verjamem was among the last parties to be founded before the elections, and surprisingly finished in third place, winning one seat in the European Parliament.

Candidates[edit]

Political Party Candidate Candidate Candidate Candidate Candidate Candidate Candidate Candidate
Civic List (DL) Senko Pličanič Polonca Komar Marko Pavlišič Vesna Alaber Milan Dubravac Emina Hadžić Monika Bračika Miha Istenič
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) Ivo Vajgl Marija Pukl Izidor Salobir Ingeborg Ivanek Bojan Bratina Jana Jenko Anton Dragan Marjana Kotnik Poropat
Kacin-Concretly Jelko Kacin Polona Sagadin Dorijan Maršič Faila Pašić Bišić Andrej Lavtar Tatjana Greif Jure Pucko Sara Karba
New Slovenia (NSi), Slovenian People's Party (SLS) Lojze Peterle Aleš Hojs Monika Kirbiš Rojs Neža Pavlič Vida Čadonič Špelič Jakob Presečnik Ljudmila Novak Franc Bogovič
Pirate Party (PS) Ronaldo Benjamin Vaz Ferreira / / / / / / /
Positive Slovenia (PS) Jože Mencinger Melita Župevc Valerija Medic Jarko Čehovin Mirjam Bon Klanjšček Marjan Sedmak Britta Bilač Peter Vilfan
Sanjska Služba Uroš Uršič David Breskvar Barbara Ložar Boštjan Novak Ksenija Krenjak Kramar Andreja Korade Marko Korenjak /
Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) Milan Zver Romana Tomc Patricija Šulin Anže Logar Damijan Terpin Carmen Merčnik Vlasta Krmelj Andrej Šircelj
Slovenian Nation Bogomil Knavs Janica Millonig Dušan Egidij Kubot Totislo Ivica Kranjc Miha Majc Simona Drev / /
Slovenian National Party (SNS) Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti Sergej Čas Helena Rupar Alenka Jelenovič Jos Zalokar Katarina Langus Šeligo Jelena Miljković Folko Puconja
Social Democrats (SD) Igor Lukšič Tanja Fajon Mojca Kleva Kekuš Anton Bebler Marina Vovk Matevž Frangež Ljubica Jelušič Patrick Vlačič
Solidarnost, za pravično družbo Dušan keber Marjutka Hafner Damjan Mandelc Nataša Osolnik Tjaša Učakar Jože Pirjevec Manca Uršič Rosas Lenart zajc
United Greens Vlado Čuš Barbara Cenič Kranjc Martin Gorjanc Nives Grlj Marko Mitja Feguš Tamara Galun Franc Branko Vivod Andreja Galinec
United Left (ZL) Violeta Tomić Dušan Plut Luka Mesec Jasminka Dedić Janez Požar Lara Jankovič Branimir Štrukelj Petra Rezar
Verjamem Igor Šoltes Katarina Košak Boštjan Horvat Mojca Blas Iztok Prislan Monja Režonja Gregor Veličkov Diana Ternav
Zares Darja Radić Andres Rus Ivana Gornik Vito Rožej Simona Potočnik Matic Smrekar Cvetka Ribarič Lasnik Pavel Gantar

Opinion polls[edit]

Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.

Date Polling Firm PS SDS Verjamem SD DL DeSUS NSi + SLS ZL[a] Kacin PP SNS Others Lead
25 May Election Results 6.63 24.78 10.33 8.08 1,14 8,12 16,60 5,47 4.92 2.56 4.03 13,93 8.18
20 May Episcentra 7.0 23.0 13.0 10.0 1.0 6.0 18.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
13 May Episcentra 7.0 27.0 11.0 8.0 1.0 5.0 19.0 4.0 7.0 2.0 4.0 5.0 8.0
9 May Episcentra 7.0 26.0 9.0 10.0 2.0 5.0 20.0 3.0 7.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 6.0
5-7 May Ninamedia 3.2 22.1 10.4 8.3 3.3 17.9 3.6 8.3 22.9 4.2
25 April Ninamedia[b] 4.5 12.1 6.8 3.5 0.1 3.7 10.3 1.7 3.5 3.2 1.8
12 April Delo 4.6 20.8 8.7 4.4 2.3 4.5 11.5 3.0 6.2 12.1 21.9 8.7
10 March Ninamedia 16.9 15.3 [c] 10.1 5.3 8.4 15.7 2.9 4.4 21.0 1.2
Notes
  1. ^ As the sum of its constituent parties.
  2. ^ The survey listed only the percentage of the voters that were already decided for who are they going to vote on election day.
  3. ^ The party Verjamem was not included in the survey as it did not exist yet.

Results[edit]

The election was severely won by the right pole parties, winning 5 of the 8 seats for the European People's Party (EPP). Igor Šoltes won one seat for the The Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA), whose member the party became after the election. Ivo Vajgl won a seat for the new slovenian european party Democratic Party of Pensioners (DeSUS), which became member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party, after election in the European Parliament. The leader of the Social Democrats (SD) Igor Lukšič, was not elected in the parliament even though he was the the president of the party and its main candidate. He was beaten by Tanja Fajon by preferential voting with 11.691 against 6.882 votes for her party colleague.[3]


e • d Summary of the results of Slovenia's 25 May 20014 election to the European Parliament
← 200920142019 →
National party European party Main candidate Votes  % +/– Seats +/–
Slovenian Democratic Party EPP Milan Zver 99.643 24.78 Decrease 1.88
3 / 8
Steady 0
New Slovenia (NSi), Slovenian People's Party (SLS) EPP Lojze Peterle 66.760 16.60 Increase 0.02
2 / 8
Increase 1
Verjamem EFA Igor Šoltes 41.525 10.33 New Party
1 / 8
Increase 1
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) ALDE Ivo Vajgl 32.662 8.12 Increase 0.94
1 / 8
Increase 1
Social Democrats (Slovenia) (SD) PES Igor Lukšič 32.484 8.08 Decrease 10.35
1 / 8
Decrease 1
Positive Slovenia (PS) None Jože Mencinger 26.649 6.63 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
United Left (Slovenia) (ZL) EUL Violeta Tomič 21.985 5.47 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
Kacin - Concretely None Jelko Kacin 19.762 4.92 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
Slovenian National Party (SNS) None Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti 16.210 4.03 Increase 1.18
0 / 8
Steady 0
Sanjska Služba (Dream Job) None Uroš Uršič 14.228 3.54 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
Pirate Party (Slovenia) PPI Ronaldo Benjamin Vaz Ferreira 10.273 2.56 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
Solidarnost, za pravično družbo (Solidarity) None Dušan Keber 6.715 1.67 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
Civic List (Slovenia) ALDE Senko Pličanič 4.600 1.14 New Party
0 / 8
Steady 0
Others (parties and candidates that won less than 1% of the vote and no seats) 8.575 2.14
0 / 8
Steady 0
Valid votes 402.071 95.80
Blank and invalid votes 17.590 4.20
Totals 419.661 100.00 8
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 1,710,856 24.55
Source: Volitve.gov.si

Aftermath[edit]

A candidate for the presidency of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker wished to have a name of the candidate for the new Slovenian commissioner until the 1 of August 2014.[4] A huge debate took place right after the elecion and was a played a part of the pre-elecion time. Bratušek, who was still a prime minister at the moment, wished to send a name of the candidate by herself, which was strongly opposed by the leader of SMC Miro Cerar. After his victory on the parliamentary elections, he proposed the current commissioner Janez Potočnik as a potential common candidate of the government and the potential new coalition parties.[5] The government placed his proposal on the list of candidates along with the Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek (ZaAB), Karl Erjavec (DeSUS-ALDE) and Tanja Fajon (SD-PES). The actual commissioner withdrew his candidature, as he did not agree with the multitued of the candidates. [6] The self nomination of Alenka Bratušek caused even bigger storm in Slovenian political atmosphere, as many saw her move as an act of private interest. Her action is now under investigation by Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia (KPK). [7] Driven by decisive victory on the election to european parliament, the Slovenian MEP's members of the EPP, Milan Zver (SDS), Alojz (Lojze) Peterle (NSi), Franc Bogovič (SLS), Romana Tomc (SDS) and Patricija Šulin (SDS) wrote a letter of complaint and concer to Jean-Claude Juncker expresing regret as none of the proposed potential commissioner is not a member of the triumphant EPP.[8] Miro Cerar was displeased with the expulsion of Janez Potočnik from the race for the European commissioner, and announced his reaction as soon as he will be named and confirmed as a Prime Minister-designate on 25 of August 2014. Cerar, as the newly named Prime Minister-designate, declared his first action will be a letter to Juncker in which he shall consult the candidate for the new leader of European Commission. In the background a big lobbying battle took place, as Tanja Fajon, strongly supported by PES, has been invited to formal conversation with Juncker. Karl Erjavec also announced a meeting with potential leader of the Commission after the appointment of presidents of the European Council on 30 of August.[9] Janez Potočnik returned to the race, after SMC refused cooperation with ZaAB in the new coalition. [10]

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