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Sixth European Parliament

 

Sixth European Parliament

6th European Parliament

Duration: 20 July 2004 – 30 July 2009
President (1st ½) Josep Borrell
President (2nd ½) Hans-Gert Poettering
Commission Barroso
Political groups EPP-EDPESALDE
Greens-EFAEUL-NGL
IDUENITSNI
MEPs 732 (2004–2006)
785 (2007–2009)
Elections June 2004 (Union)
May 2007 (Bulgaria)
November 2007 (Romania)
Governing treaty Nice[nb 1]

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The Sixth European Parliament was the sixth five-year term of the elected European Parliament. It began on Tuesday 20 July 2004 in Strasbourg[1] following the 2004 elections and ended after the 2009 elections.

Contents

  • 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
  • Leadership 7
    • Presidents 7.1
    • Vice-Presidents 7.2
    • Quaestors 7.3
    • Chairs of the political groups 7.4
  • Membership 8
  • Secretariat 9
  • See also 10
    • Elections 10.1
    • Membership lists 10.2
  • Notes 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Major events

Activity

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source
Reports 73 415 481 519 515 268 [1]
Resolutions and positions 80 440 483 494 514 215 [2]
Parliamentary questions 2525 6310 7032 7765 8266 3373 [3]
Written declarations 27 82 91 115 106 52 [4]

Major resolutions and positions

Resolution/position number Procedure number Notes
P6_TA(2006)0552 COD/2003/0256 Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, the REACH regulation
P6_TA(2007)0032 INI/2006/2200 European Parliament resolution on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners
P6_TA(2006)0490 COD/2004/0001 Amended and approved Directive 2006/123/EC, the Bolkestein directive
P6_TA(2007)0401 COD/2004/0047 Amended and approved Directive 2007/58/EC, the rail competition directive
P6_TA(2005)0275 COD/2002/0047 Rejected the proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions
P6_TA(2007)0199 COD/2006/0133 Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 717/2007, the mobile phone roaming regulation
P6_TA(2008)0342 COD/2006/0130 Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008, the air pricing clarity regulation
P6_TA(2008)0293 COD/2005/0167 Amended and approved Directive 2008/115/EC, the illegal immigration directive
P6_TA(2005)0132 INI/2004/2172 European Parliament resolution on the Common Foreign and Security Policy

Committees

Summary

Type Number Sources Notes
Standing committee 20 (+2 subcommittees) [5]
Temporary committee 3 [6] See below for list
Committee of enquiry 1 [7] See below for list

Temporary committees

Code Committee Report Sources
CLIM Temporary Committee on Climate Change A6-2008-0495 [8]
TDIP Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries
by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners
A6-2007-0020 [9]
FINP Temporary Committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013 A6-2005-0153 [10]

Committees of enquiry

Code Committee Report Sources
EQUI Committee of Inquiry into the crisis of the Equitable Life Assurance Society A6-2007-0203 [11]

Delegations

Type Number Sources
Europe delegations 10 [12]
Non-Europe delegations 24 [13]
Ad-hoc delegations 1 [14]

Political groups

See membership below for details of size
Group name Acronym
European People's Party–European Democrats EPP-ED
Party of European Socialists PES
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ALDE
Greens/European Free Alliance G/EFA
European United Left-Nordic Green Left EUL-NGL
Independence/Democracy IND/DEM
Union for a Europe of Nations UEN
Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty[nb 2] ITS
Non-Inscrits[nb 3] NI

Leadership

Presidents

Term President
(or candidate)
Group State Votes
20 July 2004–
14 January 2007
Josep Borrell   PES  Spain 388
Bronisław Geremek   ALDE  Poland 208
Francis Wurtz   EUL/NGL  France 51
15 January 2007–
14 July 2009[2]
Hans-Gert Pöttering   EPP-ED  Germany 450
Monica Frassoni   G/EFA  Italy 145
Francis Wurtz   EUL/NGL  France 48
Jens-Peter Bonde   IND/DEM  Denmark 46

Vice-Presidents

Group 2004–2006 2007–2009
EPP-ED

Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca
Antonios Trakatellis
Edward McMillan-Scott
Ingo Friedrich
Mario Mauro
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
Miroslav Ouzký

Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou
Alejo Vidal-Quadras
Edward McMillan-Scott
Mario Mauro

PES

Dagmar Roth-Behrendt
António Costa
Pierre Moscovici

Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez
Mechtild Rothe
Pierre Moscovici
Manuel António Dos Santos
Marek Siwiec

ALDE

Luigi Cocilovo
Janusz Onyszkiewicz

Luigi Cocilovo
Diana Wallis

G/EFA

Gérard Onesta

Gérard Onesta

EUL-NGL

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

Luisa Morgantini

IND/DEM n/a n/a
UEN n/a

Adam Bielan

ITS n/a n/a

Quaestors

Group 2004–2006[3] 2007–2009
EPP-ED James Nicholson
Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl
Astrid Lulling
James Nicholson
Astrid Lulling
Ingo Friedrich
PES Genowefa Grabowska
Mia De Vits
Mia De Vits
Szabolcs Fazakas
ALDE n/a Jan Mulder

Chairs of the political groups

Group Chairs
EPP-ED Hans-Gert Pöttering (until 2007), Joseph Daul (from 2007)
PES Martin Schulz
ALDE Graham Watson
G/EFA Monica Frassoni
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
EUL-NGL Alonso José Puerta
Francis Wurtz
IND/DEM Jens-Peter Bonde (until 2008), Kathy Sinnott (2008), Hanne Dahl (from 2008)
Nigel Farage (full term)
UEN Brian Crowley (until 2009)
Cristiana Muscardini
ITS Bruno Gollnisch (2007)

Membership

See List of members of the European Parliament 2004–2009 for the full list.
Groups
Group Seats
2004
[nb 4]
[4]
2007
[nb 5]
[5]
2007
[nb 6]
[6]
2009
[nb 7]
EPP-ED 268 277 288 288
PES 200 218 215 217
ALDE 88 106 101 104
G/EFA 42 42 43 43
EUL-NGL 41 40 41 41
IND/DEM 33[nb 8] 23 24 22
UEN 27 44 44 40
ITS n/a 20 n/a n/a
NI 33 14 29 30
Apportionment
State Seats State Seats
 Germany 99  France 78
 United Kingdom 78  Italy 78
 Spain 54  Poland 54
 Romania[nb 9] 35  Netherlands 27
 Greece 24  Portugal 24
 Belgium 24  Czech Republic 24
 Hungary 24  Sweden 19
 Austria 18  Bulgaria[nb 9] 18
 Denmark 14  Slovakia 14
 Finland 14  Ireland 13
 Lithuania
13  Latvia 9
 Slovenia 7  Estonia 6
 Cyprus 6  Luxembourg 6
 Malta 5 Total[nb 9] 732 / 785

Secretariat

Office Post Name Source
Office of the Secretary-General Secretary-General of the European Parliament Julian Priestley (to 2007)
Harald Rømer (2007 to 2009)
Klaus Welle (since 2009)
[15]
Legal Service Jurisconsult of the European Parliament Christian Pennera [16]
Directorate-General for the Presidency Director-General David Harley [17]
Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union Director-General Riccardo Ribera d'Alcala [18]
Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union Director-General Dietmar Nickel [19]
Directorate-General for Communication Director-General Francesca R. Ratti [20]
Directorate-General for Personnel Director-General Barry Wilson [21]
Directorate-General for Infrastructure and Logistics Director-General Constantin Stratigakis [22]
Directorate-General for Translation Director-General Juana Lahousse-Juárez [23]
Directorate-General for Interpretation and Conferences Director-General Olga Cosmidou [24]
Directorate-General for Finance Director-General Roger Vanhaeren [25]

See also

Elections

Membership lists

Notes

  1. ^ The Treaties of Rome and Treaty of Maastricht as amended by the Treaty of Nice and all preceding amending treaties.
  2. ^ Created 15 January 2007, disbanded 14 November 2007
  3. ^ Independents, not a group
  4. ^ Tuesday 20 July 2004: first day of the constitutive session of the Sixth European Parliament. By Friday 23 July 2004, the composition had changed slightly.
  5. ^ Composition of 15 January 2007 following the creation of ITS
  6. ^ Following Bulgarian and Romanian elections
  7. ^ Before 2009 election
  8. ^ Four Lega Nord MEPs arrived on 20 July 2004, sat with the Non-Inscrits for one day, then sat with IND/DEM on 21 July 2004, bringing the number of IND/DEM MEPs up to 37. Consequently, "37" is sometimes given as the number of IND/DEM MEPs on 20 July 2004.
  9. ^ a b c Bulgaria and Romania joined on 1 January 2007. Prior to 2007 there were 732 seats, following enlargement the Romanian and Bulgarian seats were added bringing it to 785.

References

  1. ^ European Parliament Minutes (Proceedings of the Sitting) on the European Parliament website
  2. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election
  3. ^ "Debates Wednesday, 21 July 2004 – Strasbourg > Election of Quaestors" from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/
  4. ^ 20040720 on the European Parliament website
  5. ^ "EU's surprise far-right coalition", BBC, 15 January 2009
  6. ^ EPP-ED Overview 2008-02-10

External links

  • European Parliament
  • Explanation of codecision
  • European Parliament positions
  • European Parliament and European Council common positions
  • European Parliament Conciliation Committee Joint texts
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