2004 European Parliament election in the Netherlands

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European Parliament election in the Netherlands, 2004

← 1999 10 June 2004 2009 →

27 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout39.26%
  First party Second party Third party
  Eurlings Dutch politician kabinet Balkenende IV.jpg Max van den Berg (24623521203).jpg Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg
Leader Camiel Eurlings Max van den Berg Jules Maaten
Party CDA PvdA VVD
Alliance EPP-ED PES ALDE
Seats won
7 / 27
7 / 27
4 / 27
Seat change 2 Decrease 1 Increase 2 Decrease
Popular vote 1,164,431 1,124,549 629,198
Percentage 24.43% 23.60% 13.20%
Swing 2.51% Decrease 3.49% Increase 6.49% Decrease

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  KathelijneBuitenwegMaastricht.jpg Paul van Buitenen (NL, Breda, 28 mei 1957) former Dutch MEP and (before that) famous wistle blower in the EU..JPG Erik Meijer.jpg
Leader Kathalijne Buitenweg Paul van Buitenen Erik Meijer
Party GL ET SP
Alliance Greens-EFA Greens-EFA EUL/NGL
Seats won
2 / 27
2 / 27
2 / 27
Seat change 2 Decrease 2 Increase 1 Increase
Popular vote 352,201 349,156 332,326
Percentage 7.39% 7.33% 6.97%
Swing 4.46% Decrease new 1.93% Increase

  Seventh party Eighth party
  Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Sophie in 't Veld - Candidate for the European Parliament for D66.jpg
Leader Hans Blokland Sophie in 't Veld
Party CU-SGP D66
Alliance ID ALDE
Seats won
2 / 27
1 / 27
Seat change 1 Decrease 1 Decrease
Popular vote 279,880 202,502
Percentage 5.87% 4.25%
Swing 2.27% Decrease 1.55% Decrease
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The European Parliament election of 2004 in the Netherlands was the election of MEP representing Netherlands constituency for the 2004–2009 term of the European Parliament. It was part of the wider 2004 European election. It was held on 10 June 2004. Fifteen parties competed in a D'Hondt type election for 27 seats. (down from 31).

Background[edit]

Combined lists[edit]

Several parties combined in one list to take part in this European Election and increase their chance on a seat in the European Parliament. These combined lists are:

  1. Christian Union and SGP

Electoral alliances[edit]

Several parties formed an electoral alliance:[1]

  1. PvdA/European Social-Democrats and GreenLeft
  2. CDA/European People's Party and Christian Union-SGP
  3. VVD/European Liberal-Democrats and Democrats 66

The alliance between Christian Democratic Appeal and Christian Union-SGP cost the Christian Democratic Appeal a seat, which goes to Christian Union-SGP. Other alliances had no effect on the result.

Treaty of Nice[edit]

The exact number of seats allocated to each country is determined by the treaties, currently the Treaty of Nice, and is adjusted by the accession treaty of each new member. Hence no change to the seats occurs without ratification by all states. According to the treaties, the maximum number of members in the Parliament is 732. This why the seats for the Netherlands was reduced from 31 to 27

Numbering of the candidates list[edit]

The official order and names of candidate lists:

e • d Candidate lists for the European Parliament election in the Netherlands
← 1999 2004 2009 →
Lists
List English translation List name (Dutch)
1 list CDA - European People's Party CDA – Europese Volkspartij
2 list P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats P.v.d.A./Europese Sociaaldemocraten
3 list VVD - European Liberal-Democrats VVD – Europese Liberaal-Democraten
4 list GREENLEFT GROENLINKS
5 list Christian Union-SGP ChristenUnie–SGP
6 list Democrats 66 (D66) Democraten 66 (D66)
7 list SP (Socialist Party) SP (Socialistische Partij)
8 list Democratic Europe Democratisch Europa
9 list LIVABLE EUROPE LEEFBAAR EUROPA
10 list Party for the North Partij voor het Noorden
11 list New Right Nieuw Rechts
12 list Europe Transparent Europa Transparant
13 list List Pim Fortuyn (LPF) Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF)
14 list Party for the Animals Partij voor de Dieren
15 list Respect.now Respect.Nu

Results[edit]

According to the European Commission, the publication of national results prior to Sunday evening is considered illegal. However, all the municipalities in the Netherlands published the results on Thursday, giving the media the opportunity to give an almost complete national result, only missing votes cast abroad. The complete and official result were publicised according to the rules.[2]

Turnout[edit]

The voter turnout was 39.26%, a lot higher than the turnout in 1999 (30.02%.) A total of 12,168,878 people were entitled to vote. Of these 4,777,121 did so.

Seat assignment[edit]

Electoral quota[edit]

The electoral quota is the number of votes needed for one seat. It is the total valid number of votes divided by the number of seats.
For this election it was 4,765,677 valid votes, divided by 27 seats.
The electoral quota was established as: 176,506

Electoral alliances[edit]

The results of the electoral alliances. Both parties of both alliances reached the electoral quota and are eligible for remainder seats.

Electoral alliance List Number of votes
1
List 1: CDA – European People's Party 1,164,431
List 5: Christian Union-SGP 279,880
Total 1,444,311
Electoral alliance List Number of votes
2
List 2: P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats 1,124,549
List 4: GreenLeft 352,201
Total 1,476,750
Electoral alliance List Number of votes
3
List 3: VVD - European Liberal-Democrats 629,198
List 6: Democrats 66 (D66) 202,502
Total 831,700

Assigning full seats[edit]

Full seats are assigned by number of votes divided by the electoral quota. Electoral alliances are marked as a letter, instead of a number. Any seats left over are not yet assigned to a specific party.

List Party's Number of votes Electoral quota Seats
1 (list 1+5) Christian Democratic Appeal + Christian Union-SGP 1,444,311 176,506 8
2 (list 2+4) Labour Party + GreenLeft 1,476,750 176,506 8
3 (list 3+6) People's Party for Freedom and Democracy + Democrats 66 831,700 176,506 4
7 Socialist Party 332,326 176,506 1
8 Democratic Europe 8,780 176,506 0
9 LIVABLE EUROPE 9,144 176,506 0
10 Party for the North 18,234 176,506 0
11 New Right 15,732 176,506 0
12 Europe Transparent 349,156 176,506 1
13 List Pim Fortuyn 121,509 176,506 0
14 Party for the Animals 153,432 176,506 0
15 Respect.now 4,603 176,506 0
Total 4,765,677 22
Total seats 27
Remaining seats 5

Remainder seats[edit]

The remaining, or left over, seats are awarded sequentially to the lists with the highest average number of votes per seat. Only lists that reached the electoral quota are eligible.

List Remainder seat 1 Remainder seat 2 Remainder seat 3 Remainder seat 4 Remainder seat 5 Total
1 (list 1+5) 160,479 160,479 160,479 160,479 160,479 1
2 (list 2+4) 164,083 164,083 164,083 164,083 147,675 1
3 (list 3+6) 166,340 166,340 138,636 138,636 138,636 1
7 166,163 166,163 166,163 110,775 110,775 1
12 174,578 116,385 116,385 116,385 116,385 1
Assigned to 12 3 7 2 1

Awarding seats within electoral alliances[edit]

To decide the seats per party for electoral alliances, the combination quota is first determined. Combination quota for electoral alliances are determined by the total number valid votes divided by the awarded seats. The party with the most votes left after the full seats are assigned gets the seat remaining.

List 1
For list 1, there were 1,444,311 votes divided by 9 seats. The combination quota was established as: 160,479 votes

Electoral alliance List Number of votes Combination quota Full seats Remainder votes Remainder seat Total
1
List 1: CDA – European People's Party 1,164,431 160,479 7 41,078 0 7
List 5: Christian Union-SGP 279,880 160,479 1 119,401 1 2
Total 1,444,311 9

List 2
For list 2, there were 1,476,750 votes divided by 9 seats. The combination quota was established as: 164,083 votes

Electoral alliance List Number of votes Combination quota Full seats Remainder votes Remainder seat Total
2
List 2: P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats 1,124,549 164,083 6 140,049 1 7
List 4: GreenLeft 352,201 164,083 2 24,034 0 2
Total 1,476,750 9

List 3
For list 3, there were 831,700 votes divided by 5 seats. The combination quota was established as: 166,340 votes

Electoral alliance List Number of votes Combination quota Full seats Remainder votes Remainder seat Total
3
List 3: VVD - European Liberal-Democrats 629,198 166,340 3 130,178 1 4
List 6: Democrats 66 (D66) 202,502 166,340 1 36,162 0 1
Total 831,700 5

Summary:

Final results[edit]

The ruling centre-right parties, the Christian Democratic Appeal and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy polled poorly, while the opposition Labour Party and Socialist Party gained ground. The anti-fraud party Europe Transparent of whistle blower Paul van Buitenen unexpectedly won two seats.

e • d Summary of the 10 June 2004 European Parliament election results in the Netherlands
← 1999 2004 2009 →
Lists Votes % Change Seats Change
List English translation List name (Dutch) EU Party EP Group
list CDA - European People's Party CDA – Europese Volkspartij EPP EPP-ED 1,164,431 24.43 2.51 Decrease
7 / 27
2 Decrease
list P.v.d.A./European Social Democrats P.v.d.A./Europese Sociaaldemocraten PES PES 1,124,549 23.60 3.49 Increase
7 / 27
1 Increase
list VVD - European Liberal-Democrats VVD – Europese Liberaal-Democraten ELDR ALDE 629,198 13.20 6.49 Decrease
4 / 27
2 Decrease
list GREENLEFT GROENLINKS EGP Greens-EFA 352,201 7.39 4.46 Decrease
2 / 27
2 Decrease
list Europe Transparent Europa Transparant none Greens-EFA 349,156 7.33 new
2 / 27
2 Increase
list SP (Socialist Party) SP (Socialistische Partij) none EUL/NGL 332,326 6.97 1.93 Increase
2 / 27
1 Increase
list Christian Union-SGP ChristenUnie–SGP none IND&DEM 279,880 5.87 2.27 Decrease
2 / 27
1 Decrease
list Democrats 66 (D66) Democraten 66 (D66) ELDR ALDE 202,502 4.25 1.55 Decrease
1 / 27
1 Decrease
list Party for the Animals Partij voor de Dieren none 153,432 3.22 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
list List Pim Fortuyn (LPF) Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF) none UEN 121,509 2.55 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
list Party for the North Partij voor het Noorden none 18,234 0.38 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
list New Right Nieuw Rechts none 15,732 0.33 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
list LIVABLE EUROPE LEEFBAAR EUROPA none 9,144 0.19 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
list Democratic Europe Democratisch Europa none 8,780 0.18 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
list Respect.now Respect.nu none 4,603 0.10 new
0 / 27
0 Steady
Valid votes 4,765,677 99.76 0.22 Increase
Blank and invalid votes 11,444 0.24 0.22 Decrease
Totals 4,777,121 100.00 27 4 Decrease
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 12,168,878 39.26 9.24 Increase
Source: [3]


European groups[edit]

The EPP-ED group lost 2 seats, making it just as big as the PES group. The ELDR becomes 3rd group after PES. After the elections ELDR and European Democratic Party (EDP) formed a new European Group named ALDE in the European parliament. The EDP did not have member party's in the Netherlands. Also the Europe of Democracies and Diversities (EDD) group reforms itself with party's from Eastern-Europe. They rename their group to Independence/Democracy (ID). The Christian Union – Reformed Political Party is part of this new group.

e • d Summary of the 10 June 2004 European Parliament elections in the Netherlands
← 1999 2004 2009 →
European group Seats 1999 Seats 2004 Change
European People's Party–European Democrats EPP-ED 9 7 2 Decrease
Party of European Socialists PES 6 7 1 Increase
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ALDE 8 5 3 Decrease
The Greens–European Free Alliance Greens-EFA 4 4 0 Steady
European United Left–Nordic Green Left EUL-NGL 1 2 1 Increase
Independence/Democracy IND&DEM 3 2 1 Decrease
Non-Inscrits NI 0 0 0 Steady
31 27 4 Decrease

Elected members[edit]

Below are all the elected members of European parliament. People with enough preference votes are in bold. The following MEP were officially announced by the Central Electoral Commission on 15 June 2004:[1]
21 members were elected by preference vote. Emine Bozkurt for the Labour Party was purely elected on his preference votes and would otherwise not made it into the European Parliament.

Christian Democratic Appeal

  1. Camiel Eurlings, with 938,025 votes (top candidate)
  2. Maria Martens, with 50,493 votes
  3. Albert-Jan Maat, with 30,948 votes
  4. Ria Oomen-Ruijten, with 29,719 votes
  5. Lambert van Nistelrooij, with 27,957 votes
  6. Bert Doorn, with 4,842 votes
  7. Corien Wortmann-Kool, with 9,776 votes

Labour Party

  1. Max van den Berg, with 879,972 votes (top candidate)
  2. Edith Mastenbroek, with 92,018 votes
  3. Jan-Marinus Wiersma, with 27,067 votes
  4. Emine Bozkurt, with 24,359 votes
  5. Dorette Corbey, with 17,847 votes
  6. Ieke van den Burg, with 7,695 votes
  7. Thijs Berman, with 6,825 votes


People's Party for Freedom and Democracy

  1. Jules Maaten, with 412,688 votes (top candidate)
  2. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, with 44,064 votes
  3. Jan Mulder, with 43,376 votes
  4. Toine Manders, with 32,819 votes

GreenLeft

  1. Kathalijne Buitenweg, with 297,237 votes (top candidate)
  2. Joost Lagendijk, with 12,405 votes

Europe Transparent

  1. Paul van Buitenen, with 338,477 votes (top candidate)
  2. Els de Groen, with 4,796 votes

Socialist Party

  1. Erik Meijer, with 230,531 votes (top candidate)
  2. Kartika Liotard, with 32,187 votes


Christian Union – Reformed Political Party

  1. Hans Blokland (ChristianUnion), with 197,031 votes (top candidate)
  2. Bastiaan Belder (Reformed Political Party), with 44,473 votes

Democrats 66

  1. Sophie in 't Veld, with 161,104 votes (top candidate)

MEPs period 2004–2009[edit]

Below is a list of members of the European Parliament for the period 2009–2014 as a result of this election.


e • d MEPs for the Netherlands elected to the 6th European Parliament session
← 1999-2004 2004-2009 2009-2014 →
Name Sex National party EP Group Period Preference vote
Bas Belder Male      Reformed Political Party      IND&DEM 20 July 1999 - present 44,473
Max van den Berg Male      Labour Party      PES 20 July 1999 – 1 September 2007 879,972
Thijs Berman Male      Labour Party      PES 20 July 2004 - 1 July 2014 6,825
Hans Blokland Male      Christian Union      IND&DEM 19 July 1994 – 14 July 2009 197,031
Emine Bozkurt Female      Labour Party      PES 20 July 2004 - 1 July 2014 24,359
Paul van Buitenen Male      Europe Transparent      G–EFA 20 July 2004 – 14 July 2009 338,477
Kathalijne Buitenweg Female      GreenLeft      G–EFA 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 297,237
Ieke van den Burg Female      Labour Party      PES 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 7,695
Jan Cremers Male      Labour Party      PES 8 May 2008 – 14 July 2009 3,787
Dorette Corbey Female      Labour Party      PES 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 17,847
Bert Doorn Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 4,842
Camiel Eurlings Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 2004 – 22 February 2007 938,025
Els de Groen-Kouwenhoven Female      Europe Transparent      G–EFA 20 July 2004 – 14 July 2009 4,796
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert Female      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 20 July 2004 - 17 June 2010 44,064
Lily Jacobs [nl] Female      Labour Party      PES 4 September 2007 – 14 July 2009 10,983
Joost Lagendijk Male      GreenLeft      G–EFA 1 September 1998 – 14 July 2009 12,405
Esther de Lange Female      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 12 April 2007 - present 2,754
Kartika Liotard Female      Socialist Party      EUL–NGL 20 July 2004 - 1 July 2014 32,187
Albert Jan Maat Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 1999 – 10 April 2007 30,948
Jules Maaten Male      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 412,688
Toine Manders Male      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 20 July 1999 - 1 July 2014 32,819
Maria Martens Female      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 50,493
Edith Mastenbroek Female      Labour Party      PES 20 July 2004 – 20 April 2008 92,018
Erik Meijer Male      Socialist Party      EUL–NGL 20 July 1999 - 14 July 2009 230,531
Jan Mulder Male      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 19 July 1994 - 14 July 2009
22 June 2010 - 1 July 2014
43,376
Lambert van Nistelrooij Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 2004 - present 27,957
Ria Oomen-Ruijten Female      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 19 July 1994 - 1 July 2014 29,719
Joop Post Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 1 March 2007 – 16 October 2007 7,515
Sophie in 't Veld Female      Democrats 66      ALDE 20 July 2004 - present 161,104
Cornelis Visser Male      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 17 October 2007 – 14 July 2009 3,832
Jan-Marinus Wiersma Male      Labour Party      PES 19 July 1994 – 14 July 2009 27,067
Corien Wortmann-Kool Female      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 2004 - 1 July 2014 9,776
Source: [4]

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