2019 European Parliament election in the Netherlands

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2019 European Parliament election in the Netherlands

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All 29 Netherlands seats in the European Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
  Sophie in 't Veld - Candidate for the European Parliament for D66.jpg Esther de Lange MEP 2.jpg Noimage.png
Leader Sophie in 't Veld Esther de Lange Marcel de Graaff
Party D66 CDA PVV
Alliance ALDE EPP EAPN
Last election 15,48%, 4 seats 15,18%, 5 seats 13,32%, 4 seats

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  MalikAzmani2016.jpg Noimage.png Frans Timmermans 2012 (highres).jpg
Leader Malik Azmani Arnout Hoekstra Frans Timmermans
Party VVD SP PvdA
Alliance ALDE EUL/NGL S&D
Last election 12,02%, 3 seats 9,64%, 2 seats 9,40%, 3 seats

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Peter van Dalen.JPG Eickhout, Bas-9750.jpg AnjaHazekamp.jpg
Leader Peter van Dalen Bas Eickhout Anja Hazekamp
Party CU-SGP GL PvdD
Alliance ECR Greens-EFA EUL/NGL
Last election 7,67%, 2 seats 6,98%, 2 seats 4,21%, 1 seats
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The 2019 European Parliament election for the election of the delegation from the Netherlands is an election that was held on 23 May 2019.

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[edit]

Voting and election organisation[edit]

Election Planning[edit]

Date Requirement
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[edit]

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.

Dutch residents on Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba have no need to register, because these islands are part of the Netherlands. They are able to vote in person at polling stations on the islands.

Right to stand as a candidate[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Numbering of the candidates list[edit]

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.

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The official order and names of candidate lists:

e • d Candidate lists for the European Parliament election in the Netherlands
← 2014 2019 2024 →
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)
4 list VVD
5 list SP (Socialist Party) SP (Socialistische Partij)
6 list P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats P.v.d.A./Europese Sociaaldemocraten
7 list Christian Union-SGP ChristenUnie–SGP
8 list GreenLeft GroenLinks
9 list Party for the Animals Partij voor de Dieren
10 list 50PLUS
11 list Jesus Lives Jezus Leeft
12 list Think Denk
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

Common lists[edit]

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:

Common list Parties
Christian Union-SGP Christian Union
Reformed Political Party
From the Region & Pirate Party Pirate Party
From the Region Party

Election day[edit]

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.[2][3]

Opinion polls[edit]

Seats[edit]

Polling firm Date(s) D66 CDA PVV VVD SP PvdA CU
SGP
GL PvdD 50+ DENK FvD VOLT Others Lead
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

Vote share[edit]

Polling firm Date(s) D66 CDA PVV VVD SP PvdA CU
SGP
GL PvdD 50+ DENK FvD VOLT Others Lead
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%

Results[edit]

Voting ballot

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 23 May 2019 European Parliament election results in the Netherlands
← 2014 2019 2024 →
Lists Votes % Change Seats Change
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
list VVD VVD ALDE ALDE
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
list Christian Union-SGP ChristenUnie–SGP ECPM ECR
0 / 26
list GREENLEFT GROENLINKS EGP Greens-EFA
0 / 26
list Party for the Animals Partij voor de Dieren none EUL/NGL
0 / 26
list 50PLUS 50PLUS
0 / 26
list Forum for Democracy Forum voor Democratie
0 / 26
list Think Denk
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
Source:


European groups[edit]

e • d Summary of the 23 May 2019 European Parliament elections in the Netherlands
← 2014 2019 2024 →
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
26

MEPs in 2019–2024[edit]

Below is a list of members of the European Parliament for the period 2019–2024 as a result of this election.

Mutations[edit]

2019[edit]

  • 23 May: Election for the European Parliament in the Netherlands.
  • 2 July: Begin 9th European Parliament session. (2019-2024)


e • d MEPs for the Netherlands elected to the 9th European Parliament session
← 2014–2019 2019-2024 2024–2029 →
Name Sex National party EP Group Period Preference vote
Hans van Baalen Male      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 14 July 2009 – Present
Bas Belder Male      Reformed Political Party      ECR 20 July 1999 – Present
Wim van de Camp Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 14 July 2009 – Present
Peter van Dalen Male      Christian Union      ECR 14 July 2009 – Present
Bas Eickhout Male      GreenLeft      G–EFA 14 July 2009 – Present
André Elissen Male      Party for Freedom      ENF 13 June 2017 – Present
Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy Male      Democrats 66      ALDE 14 July 2009 – Present
Marcel de Graaff Male      Party for Freedom      ENF 1 July 2014 – Present
Anja Hazekamp Female      Party for the Animals      EUL–NGL 1 July 2014 – Present
Jan Huitema Male      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 1 July 2014 – Present
Dennis de Jong Male      Socialist Party      EUL–NGL 14 July 2009 – Present
Agnes Jongerius Female      Labour Party      S&D 1 July 2014 – Present
Esther de Lange Female      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 12 April 2007 – Present
Jeroen Lenaers Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 1 July 2014 – Present
Matthijs van Miltenburg Male      Democrats 66      ALDE 1 July 2014 – Present
Anne-Marie Mineur Female      Socialist Party      EUL–NGL 1 July 2014 – Present
Caroline Nagtegaal-van Doorn Female      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 14 November 2017 – Present
Lambert van Nistelrooij Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 20 July 2004 – Present
Kati Piri Female      Labour Party      S&D 1 July 2014 – Present
Judith Sargentini Female      GreenLeft      G–EFA 14 July 2009 – Present
Marietje Schaake Female      Democrats 66      ALDE 14 July 2009 – Present
Annie Schreijer-Pierik Female      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 1 July 2014 – Present
Olaf Stuger Male      Party for Freedom      ENF 1 July 2014 – Present
Paul Tang Male      Labour Party      S&D 1 July 2014 – Present
Sophie in 't Veld Female      Democrats 66      ALDE 20 July 2004 – Present
Auke Zijlstra Male      Party for Freedom      ENF 13 September 2011 – 1 July 2014
7 September 2015 – Present

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GeenPeil: voor PVV en SP dreigt een vertrek uit Europees Parlement". NOS. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "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.