BRUSSELS, May 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The conservative European People's Party (EPP) has preserved the leadership in the European Parliament of the 2014-2019 convocation, getting 211 of 751 mandates.
However, in comparison with the previous elections, results of the EPP significantly worsened. In the 2009-2014 European Parliament, this party had 274 seats of 766.
The second result showed a socialist faction, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) with 193 mandates. In the previous parliament’s convocation, S&D had 196 seats. Taking into account the decrease in the overall number of deputies and a significant weakening of the leader (EPP), it can be said that S&D drastically increased its influence.
Third came a liberal faction, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. They scored 74 seats (83 in the previous convocation).
The number of independent deputies, who declared they would not join any party faction, slightly increased from 33 to 40.
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, who earlier had 57 seats in the European Parliament, now get only 39 mandates and become only the seventh. The eighth result belongs to Europe of Freedom and Democracy with 33 seats (31 seats in previous convocation).
Meanwhile, the main suspense at the current elections is developing around the 56 mandates designed for parties, who did not choose any faction. The major part of them is eurosceptics and radicals. In theory, they may set up their own faction, but this is not so easy to do due to significant differences in their programs. To create a new faction, the political group should comprise at least 25 deputies from at least seven EU member-states.
The preliminary results of the elections to the European Parliament, which took place May 22-25, are expected to be summed up by Monday morning. Average voter turnout at the elections made 43.11% with a maximum of 90% in Belgium and Luxembourg, where voting is compulsory, and a minimum in Slovakia (13%).
For the first time in many years, the voter turnout at the elections to the European Parliament has increased. During the previous elections in 2009, only 43% of the voters came to the polling stations, which became the lowest result since 1979.