Sixth European Parliament

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6th European Parliament
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Duration: 20 July 2004 – 30 July 2009
President (1st ½) Josep Borrell
President (2nd ½) Hans-Gert Poettering
Commission Barroso
Political groups EPP-EDPESALDE
Greens-EFAEUL-NGL
IDUENITSNI
MEPs 732 (2004–2006)
785 (2007–2009)
Elections June 2004 (Union)
May 2007 (Bulgaria)
November 2007 (Romania)
Governing treaty Nice[nb 1]

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The Sixth European Parliament was the sixth five-year term of the elected European Parliament. It began on Tuesday 20 July 2004 in Strasbourg[1] following the 2004 elections and ended after the 2009 elections.

Major events[edit]

Activity[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source
Reports 73 415 481 519 515 268 [1]
Resolutions and positions 80 440 483 494 514 215 [2]
Parliamentary questions 2525 6310 7032 7765 8266 3373 [3]
Written declarations 27 82 91 115 106 52 [4]

Major resolutions and positions[edit]

Resolution/position number Procedure number Notes
P6_TA(2006)0552 COD/2003/0256 Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, the REACH regulation
P6_TA(2007)0032 INI/2006/2200 European Parliament resolution on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners
P6_TA(2006)0490 COD/2004/0001 Amended and approved Directive 2006/123/EC, the Bolkestein directive
P6_TA(2007)0401 COD/2004/0047 Amended and approved Directive 2007/58/EC, the rail competition directive
P6_TA(2005)0275 COD/2002/0047 Rejected the proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions
P6_TA(2007)0199 COD/2006/0133 Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 717/2007, the mobile phone roaming regulation
P6_TA(2008)0342 COD/2006/0130 Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008, the air pricing clarity regulation
P6_TA(2008)0293 COD/2005/0167 Amended and approved Directive 2008/115/EC, the illegal immigration directive
P6_TA(2005)0132 INI/2004/2172 European Parliament resolution on the Common Foreign and Security Policy

Committees[edit]

Summary[edit]

Type Number Sources Notes
Standing committee 20 (+2 subcommittees) [5]
Temporary committee 3 [6] See below for list
Committee of enquiry 1 [7] See below for list

Temporary committees[edit]

Code Committee Report Sources
CLIM Temporary Committee on Climate Change A6-2008-0495 [8]
TDIP Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries
by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners
A6-2007-0020 [9]
FINP Temporary Committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013 A6-2005-0153 [10]

Committees of enquiry[edit]

Code Committee Report Sources
EQUI Committee of Inquiry into the crisis of the Equitable Life Assurance Society A6-2007-0203 [11]

Delegations[edit]

Type Number Sources
Europe delegations 10 [12]
Non-Europe delegations 24 [13]
Ad-hoc delegations 1 [14]

Political groups[edit]

See membership below for details of size
Group name Acronym
European People's Party–European Democrats EPP-ED
Party of European Socialists PES
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ALDE
Greens/European Free Alliance G/EFA
European United Left-Nordic Green Left EUL-NGL
Independence/Democracy IND/DEM
Union for a Europe of Nations UEN
Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty[nb 2] ITS
Non-Inscrits[nb 3] NI

Leadership[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Term President
(or candidate)
Group State Votes
20 July 2004–
14 January 2007
Josep Borrell   PES  Spain 388
Bronisław Geremek   ALDE  Poland 208
Francis Wurtz   EUL/NGL  France 51
15 January 2007–
14 July 2009[2]
Hans-Gert Pöttering   EPP-ED  Germany 450
Monica Frassoni   G/EFA  Italy 145
Francis Wurtz   EUL/NGL  France 48
Jens-Peter Bonde   IND/DEM  Denmark 46

Vice-Presidents[edit]

Group 2004–2006 2007–2009
EPP-ED

Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca
Antonios Trakatellis
Edward McMillan-Scott
Ingo Friedrich
Mario Mauro
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
Miroslav Ouzký

Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou
Alejo Vidal-Quadras
Edward McMillan-Scott
Mario Mauro

PES

Dagmar Roth-Behrendt
António Costa
Pierre Moscovici

Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez
Mechtild Rothe
Pierre Moscovici
Manuel António Dos Santos
Marek Siwiec

ALDE

Luigi Cocilovo
Janusz Onyszkiewicz

Luigi Cocilovo
Diana Wallis

G/EFA

Gérard Onesta

Gérard Onesta

EUL-NGL

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

Luisa Morgantini

IND/DEM n/a n/a
UEN n/a

Adam Bielan

ITS n/a n/a

Quaestors[edit]

Further information: Quaestor (European Parliament)
Group 2004–2006[3] 2007–2009
EPP-ED James Nicholson
Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl
Astrid Lulling
James Nicholson
Astrid Lulling
Ingo Friedrich
PES Genowefa Grabowska
Mia De Vits
Mia De Vits
Szabolcs Fazakas
ALDE n/a Jan Mulder

Chairs of the political groups[edit]

Group Chairs
EPP-ED Hans-Gert Pöttering (until 2007), Joseph Daul (from 2007)
PES Martin Schulz
ALDE Graham Watson
G/EFA Monica Frassoni
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
EUL-NGL Alonso José Puerta
Francis Wurtz
IND/DEM Jens-Peter Bonde (until 2008), Kathy Sinnott (2008), Hanne Dahl (from 2008)
Nigel Farage (full term)
UEN Brian Crowley (until 2009)
Cristiana Muscardini
ITS Bruno Gollnisch (2007)

Membership[edit]

See List of members of the European Parliament 2004–2009 for the full list.
Groups
Group Seats
2004
[nb 4]
[4]
2007
[nb 5]
[5]
2007
[nb 6]
[6]
2009
[nb 7]
EPP-ED 268 277 288 288
PES 200 218 215 217
ALDE 88 106 101 104
G/EFA 42 42 43 43
EUL-NGL 41 40 41 41
IND/DEM 33[nb 8] 23 24 22
UEN 27 44 44 40
ITS n/a 20 n/a n/a
NI 33 14 29 30
Apportionment
State Seats State Seats
 Germany 99  France 78
 United Kingdom 78  Italy 78
 Spain 54  Poland 54
 Romania[nb 9] 35  Netherlands 27
 Greece 24  Portugal 24
 Belgium 24  Czech Republic 24
 Hungary 24  Sweden 19
 Austria 18  Bulgaria[nb 9] 18
 Denmark 14  Slovakia 14
 Finland 14  Ireland 13
 Lithuania 13  Latvia 9
 Slovenia 7  Estonia 6
 Cyprus 6  Luxembourg 6
 Malta 5 Total[nb 9] 732 / 785

Secretariat[edit]

Office Post Name Source
Office of the Secretary-General Secretary-General of the European Parliament Julian Priestley (to 2007)
Harald Rømer (2007 to 2009)
Klaus Welle (since 2009)
[15]
Legal Service Jurisconsult of the European Parliament Christian Pennera [16]
Directorate-General for the Presidency Director-General David Harley [17]
Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union Director-General Riccardo Ribera d'Alcala [18]
Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union Director-General Dietmar Nickel [19]
Directorate-General for Communication Director-General Francesca R. Ratti [20]
Directorate-General for Personnel Director-General Barry Wilson [21]
Directorate-General for Infrastructure and Logistics Director-General Constantin Stratigakis [22]
Directorate-General for Translation Director-General Juana Lahousse-Juárez [23]
Directorate-General for Interpretation and Conferences Director-General Olga Cosmidou [24]
Directorate-General for Finance Director-General Roger Vanhaeren [25]

See also[edit]

Elections[edit]

Membership lists[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Treaties of Rome and Treaty of Maastricht as amended by the Treaty of Nice and all preceding amending treaties.
  2. ^ Created 15 January 2007, disbanded 14 November 2007
  3. ^ Independents, not a group
  4. ^ Tuesday 20 July 2004: first day of the constitutive session of the Sixth European Parliament. By Friday 23 July 2004, the composition had changed slightly.
  5. ^ Composition of 15 January 2007 following the creation of ITS
  6. ^ Following Bulgarian and Romanian elections
  7. ^ Before 2009 election
  8. ^ Four Lega Nord MEPs arrived on 20 July 2004, sat with the Non-Inscrits for one day, then sat with IND/DEM on 21 July 2004, bringing the number of IND/DEM MEPs up to 37. Consequently, "37" is sometimes given as the number of IND/DEM MEPs on 20 July 2004.
  9. ^ a b c Bulgaria and Romania joined on 1 January 2007. Prior to 2007 there were 732 seats, following enlargement the Romanian and Bulgarian seats were added bringing it to 785.

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