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Eighth European Parliament


Eighth European Parliament

8th European Parliament

Duration: 1 July 2014 –
President (1st ½) Martin Schulz
Commission Juncker
Political groups EPPS&DECR
MEPs 751
Elections May 2014 (Union)
Governing treaty Treaty of Lisbon[nb 1]


The eighth European Parliament was elected in the 2014 elections and will last until the 2019 elections.


  • Major events 1
  • Activity 2
  • Major resolutions and positions 3
  • Committees 4
    • Summary 4.1
    • Temporary committees 4.2
    • Committees of enquiry 4.3
  • Delegations 5
  • Political groups 6
    • Members in groups by country 6.1
    • Changes of group affiliation 6.2
  • Leadership 7
    • Presidents 7.1
    • Vice-Presidents 7.2
    • Quaestors 7.3
  • Membership 8
  • Secretariat 9
  • See also 10
    • Elections 10.1
    • Membership lists 10.2
  • Notes 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Major events


2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Source
Reports [1]
Resolutions and positions [2]
Parliamentary questions [3]
Written declarations [4]

Major resolutions and positions

Resolution/position number Procedure number Notes



Type Number Sources Notes
Standing committee [5]
Temporary committee [6]
Committee of enquiry [7]

Temporary committees

Code Committee Report Sources

Committees of enquiry

Code Committee Report Sources


Type Number Sources
Europe delegations [8]
Non-Europe delegations [9]
Ad-hoc delegations [10]

Political groups

See membership below for details of size
Group name Acronym Seats Percent Chairs Vice-Presidents
  European People's Party EPP 221 29.4% Manfred Weber 6
  Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats S&D 191 25.4% Gianni Pittella 3
  European Conservatives and Reformists ECR 70 9.3% Syed Kamall 1
  Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group ALDE 67 8.9% Guy Verhofstadt 2
  European United Left–Nordic Green Left GUE-NGL 52 6.9% Gabriele Zimmer 1
  The Greens–European Free Alliance GREENS/EFA 50 6.7% Rebecca Harms
Philippe Lamberts
  Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy EFDD 48 6.4% Nigel Farage
David Borrelli
  Non-Inscrits[nb 2] NA 52 6,9% --- 0

Members in groups by country

Changes of group affiliation

The first change in group membership of the Eighth parliament occurred when Norica Nicolai, a Romanian MEP and a member of the National Liberal Party left the EPP group and rejoined the ALDE group on the 7th of July, 2014.[1]

On 2 October 2014, Richard Sulík of the Slovakian Freedom and Solidarity party, left the ALDE and expressed his intention to join the ECR.[2]

On 16 October 2014, it was reported that Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule had left the EFDD group to join the EPP. This move meant that the EFDD group contained MEPs from only six member states and therefore fell below the minimum level; the European Parliament authorities declared the group dissolved.[3]



Term President
(or candidate)
Group State Votes
1 July 2014 – 1 January 2017[4] Martin Schulz   PES Germany 409
Sajjad Karim   ECR United Kingdom 101
Pablo Iglesias Turrión   GUE-NGL Spain 51
Ulrike Lunacek   Greens/EFA Austria 51


Members Group State Votes
1 Antonio Tajani EPP Italy 452, Round 1
2 Mairead McGuinness EPP Ireland 441, Round 1
3 Rainer Wieland EPP Germany 437, Round 1
4 Ramón Luis Valcárcel EPP Spain 406, Round 1
5 Ildikó Pelczné Gáll EPP Hungary 400, Round 1
6 Adina Vălean EPP Romania 394, Round 1
7 Corina Crețu S&D Romania 406, Round 2
8 Sylvie Guillaume S&D France 406, Round 2
9 David Sassoli S&D Italy 394, Round 2
10 Olli Rehn ALDE Finland 377, Round 3
11 Alexander Graf Lambsdorff ALDE Germany 365, Round 3
12 Ulrike Lunacek Greens/EFA Austria 319, Round 3
13 Dimitrios Papadimoulis GUE/NGL Greece 302, Round 3
14 Ryszard Czarnecki ECR Poland 284, Round 3


Name Country Party Group
Élisabeth Morin  France Union for a Popular Movement EPP
Bogusław Liberadzki  Poland Democratic Left Alliance S&D
Catherine Bearder  United Kingdom Liberal Democrats ALDE
Andrey Kovatchev  Bulgaria GERB EPP
Karol Karski  Poland Law and Justice ECR


After the 2014 election, the members formed seven groups with 52 independent members, mainly MEPs against the Union who failed to unify into a political group.

State Seats State Seats State Seats State Seats
 Germany 96  Netherlands 26  Austria 18  Lithuania 11
 France 74  Belgium 21  Bulgaria 17  Latvia 8
 Italy 73  Czech Republic 21  Denmark 13  Slovenia 8
 United Kingdom 73  Greece 21  Finland 13  Cyprus 6
 Spain 54  Hungary 21  Slovakia 13  Estonia 6
 Poland 51  Portugal 21  Croatia 11  Luxembourg 6
 Romania 32  Sweden 20  Ireland 11  Malta 6
Total 751


See also


Membership lists


  1. ^ The Treaties of Rome and Treaty of Maastricht as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon and all preceding amending treaties.
  2. ^ Independents, not a group


  1. ^ "După ce a lăsat PPE pentru ALDE, liberalii europeni au trimis-o pe Norica Nicolai în Comisia pentru Pescuit" (in Romanian). 10 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Odchádzam v europarlamente od liberálov, idem k reformistom" (in Slovakian). Richard Sulík. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Eurosceptic MEP group collapses". BBC News online. 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament

External links

  • European Parliament
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