2019 European Parliament election in the Netherlands
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All 29 Netherlands seats in the European Parliament
Elections, candidates and members
of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
|(1979-84)||(1st election - candidates - members)|
|(1984-89)||(2nd election - candidates - members)|
|(1989-94)||(3rd election - candidates - members)|
|(1994-99)||(4th election - candidates - members)|
|(1999-04)||(5th election - candidates - members)|
|(2004-09)||(6th election - candidates - members)|
|(2009-14)||(7th election - candidates - members)|
|(2014-19)||(8th election - candidates - members)|
|(2019-24)||(9th election - candidates - members)|
This is the 9th time the elections have been held for the European elections in the Netherlands.
The number of Dutch seats was to increase from 26 to 29 following Brexit, but due to the extension of the Article 50 process in the United Kingdom, the number of seats to be elected will remain at 26.
An exit poll carried out by Ipsos, as well as a forecast of the result produced by GeenPeil and Maurice de Hond based on a part of results collected, indicated that the PvdA emerged with the most seats, followed by the CDA and VVD with 4 seats each, FvD and GroenLinks with 3 seats each, and D66 and the CU–SGP lists with 2 seats each, with all others on 0 or 1 seats.
- 1 Background
- 2 Opinion polls
- 3 Results
- 4 MEPs in 2019–2024
- 5 References
Voting and election organisation
|26 February 2019||Last day for registering political parties names|
|9 April 2019||Candidate lists presented to the Electoral Council|
|23 May 2019||European Election in the Netherlands|
|4 June 2019||Official results released by the Electoral Council|
|2 July 2019||9th European Parliament session begins (2019-2024)|
Right to vote
In order to vote, a person must:
- have either the Dutch nationality or the nationality of a European Union member state,
- be 18 years or older, and
- not be otherwise disqualified from voting.
Additionally, nationals of other member states of the European Union must:
- be resident in the Netherlands on the day the candidates are nominated,
- not be disqualified from voting either in the Netherlands or in the Member State in which they are a national, and
- have registered in a municipality declaring that they want to vote in the Netherlands instead of in the home country (by filling out the Y-32 form).
Dutch nationals abroad, as well as in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten have to register to vote for the elections to the European Parliament. When they register, they must say whether they will vote by post, by proxy, or in person at a polling station in the Netherlands.
Dutch nationals living in another EU Member State must make a statement that they have not voted in the Member State in which they reside, if they want to vote in the Netherlands.
Right to stand as a candidate
In order to stand in the european elections, a candidate must:
- hold either Dutch nationality or the nationality of a Member State of the European Union,
- be at least 18 years of age on the day they would be sworn into the European Parliament, and
- have the right to vote.
Additionally, candidates from other Member States of the European Union must:
- be resident in the Netherlands, and
- be able to stand as a candidate in the Member State of which they are a national.
Organisation of elections
In elections for the European Parliament, the national electoral districts play no role in the nomination. The Netherlands consists of a single electoral district. Political parties, therefore, take part in the elections with only a single candidate list.
Although the national electoral districts do play an important role in processing the election results. The principal polling station of each constituency determines the vote total of the constituency. The results of the vote are recorded in an official document and transferred to the Electoral Council. The Electoral Council, in its role as the central electoral committee, then determines the result of the Netherlands' distribution of seats.
Casting a vote
A voter could cast their vote at a polling station of their choice within their own district. At the casting their vote, they could identify themselves with an identity document which is considered valid even if it has expired within the last 5 years.
Participation of political groups
Numbering of the candidates list
The parties who had obtained one or more seats in 2014 at the last election to the European Parliament were given a number based on the number of votes that the parties had achieved in the previous election. These totalled 9 candidate lists. The party with the most votes got number 1 and the rest were listed accordingly. The list numbers for the remaining candidate lists will be decided by a lottery.
The official order and names of candidate lists:
|List||English translation||List name (Dutch)|
|1||list||Democrats 66 (D66) - ALDE||Democraten 66 (D66) - ALDE|
|2||list||CDA - European People's Party||CDA - Europese Volkspartij|
|3||list||PVV (Party for Freedom)||PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid)|
|5||list||SP (Socialist Party)||SP (Socialistische Partij)|
|6||list||P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats||P.v.d.A./Europese Sociaaldemocraten|
|9||list||Party for the Animals||Partij voor de Dieren|
|11||list||Jesus Lives||Jezus Leeft|
|13||list||The Greens||De Groenen|
|14||list||Forum for Democracy||Forum voor Democratie|
|15||list||Of the Region & Pirate Party||vandeRegio & Piratenpartij|
|16||list||Volt Netherlands||Volt Nederland|
Parties can form common lists, which is where two or more parties create a single list and stand in the elections as though they were one party. There are two for this election:
|Christian Union-SGP||Christian Union|
|Reformed Political Party|
|From the Region & Pirate Party||Pirate Party|
|From the Region Party|
Traditionally, all elections are held on Wednesday in the Netherlands. However, the European Parliament Elections run from Thursday to Sunday across the entire European Union so Thursday was chosen. This is because it is the only day that the Dutch Government believes is appropriate for an election day due to it not being a rest day for any religion. Sunday is not an option because it's a rest day for Christians, while it is the Sabbath on Friday and Saturday.
|Ipsos||20–21 May 2019||2||3||2||5||1||3||2||3||0||0||0||5||–||0||Tie|
|Kantar Public||18–21 May 2019||2||2||1||5||1||5||1||3||1||1||0||4||–||–||Tie|
|Peil.nl||19 May 2019||2||4||1||4–5||1||4||2||2||1||0||0||4–5||0||0||Tie|
|I&O Research||9–14 May 2019||2||3||2||4||1||3||2||3||1||1||–||4||–||0||Tie|
|Ipsos||12–13 May 2019||3||3||2||5||1||3||1||3||0||0||0||5||–||0||Tie|
|Ipsos||26–29 Apr 2019||2||3||2||5||1||2||2||3||1||0||0||5||–||–||Tie|
|I&O Research||19–24 Apr 2019||3||2||1||5||2||3||2||4||0||0||–||4||–||0||1|
|2014 election||22 May 2014||4||5||4||3||2||3||2||2||1||0||–||–||–||0||1|
|Ipsos||20–21 May 2019||7.6%||11.5%||7.2%||15.6%||4.5%||10.4%||6.6%||10.3%||3.2%||3.3%||1.8%||14.9%||–||2.9%||0.7%|
|Kantar Public||18–21 May 2019||7.5%||7.9%||5.2%||17.0%||5.8%||15.0%||5.9%||11.0%||4.1%||4.9%||1.2%||13.1%||–||1.4%||2.0%|
|Peil.nl||19 May 2019||7.5%||12.5%||4.0%||15.0%||4.0%||13.0%||8.0%||8.0%||4.5%||3.0%||2.0%||15.0%||2.0%||1.5%||Tie|
|I&O Research||9–14 May 2019||7.1%||9.6%||8.5%||15.5%||4.7%||11.8%||6.6%||12.1%||3.5%||3.3%||–||12.9%||–||1.8%||2.6%|
|Ipsos||12–13 May 2019||8.9%||11.2%||6.2%||16.8%||4.4%||11.1%||5.6%||9.7%||3.7%||3.3%||1.0%||15.5%||–||2.7%||1.3%|
|Ipsos||26–29 Apr 2019||6.5%||9.3%||9.0%||18.1%||5.7%||7.8%||7.1%||9.6%||4.2%||3.5%||1.2%||16.9%||–||–||1.2%|
|I&O Research||19–24 Apr 2019||10.0%||7.8%||5.9%||17.2%||7.7%||9.0%||7.4%||12.7%||2.9%||2.9%||–||14.7%||–||1.7%||2.5%|
|2014 election||22 May 2014||15.5%||15.2%||13.3%||12.0%||9.6%||9.4%||7.7%||7.0%||4.2%||3.7%||–||–||–||2.4%||0.3%|
|List||English translation||List name (Dutch)||EU Party||EP Group|
|list||Democrats 66 (D66) - ALDE||Democraten 66 (D66) - ALDE||ALDE||ALDE||
0 / 26
|list||CDA - European People's Party||CDA - Europese Volkspartij||EPP||EPP||
0 / 26
|list||PVV (Party for Freedom)||PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid)||none||ENF||
0 / 26
0 / 26
|list||SP (Socialist Party)||SP (Socialistische Partij)||none||EUL/NGL||
0 / 26
|list||P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats||P.v.d.A./Europese Sociaaldemocraten||PES||S&D||
0 / 26
0 / 26
0 / 26
|list||Party for the Animals||Partij voor de Dieren||none||EUL/NGL||
0 / 26
0 / 26
|list||Forum for Democracy||Forum voor Democratie||
0 / 26
0 / 26
|list||The Greens||De Groenen||
0 / 26
|list||Volt Netherlands||Volt Nederland||
0 / 26
|list||Of the Region & Pirate Party||vandeRegio & Piratenpartij||
0 / 26
|list||Jesus Lives||Jezus Leeft||
0 / 26
|European group||Seats 2014||Seats 2019||Change|
|Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe||ALDE||7|
|European People's Party||EPP||5|
|Europe of Nations and Freedom||ENF||4|
|Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats||S&D||3|
|European United Left–Nordic Green Left||EUL-NGL||3|
|The Greens–European Free Alliance||Greens-EFA||2|
|European Conservatives and Reformists||ECR||2|
MEPs in 2019–2024
Below is a list of members of the European Parliament for the period 2019–2024 as a result of this election.
- 23 May: Election for the European Parliament in the Netherlands.
- 2 July: Begin 9th European Parliament session. (2019-2024)
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- "Waarom stemmen we in Nederland op woensdag?" [Why in the Netherlands do we vote on a Wednesday?]. Kiesraad.nl (in Dutch). 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
- "Verkiezing Nederlandse leden van het Europees Parlement" [Election of dutch Members of the European Parliament]. www.rijksoverheid.nl (in Dutch). Ministerie van Algemene Zaken (Ministry of General Affairs). 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-05-24.