European elections 2019: Who will Romania send to the European Parliament?

A former president and three former prime ministers of Romania, as well as a former prime minister of Moldova, several former Romanian ministers, city mayors and journalists, are among the candidates with high chances of representing Romania in the next European Parliament after the May 26 elections, according to Romania-Insider.com.

Romania will have 33 representatives in the next European Parliament, one more than in the current one. Romania will thus rank sixth among EU member states by the number of MEPs, after Germany (96), France (79), Italy (76), Spain (59), and Poland (52).

The Social Democratic Party (PSD), the main ruling party in Romania, and the National Liberal Party (PNL) are neck and neck in the latest polls, with around 26% of the vote intentions. Each of these two parties could thus send around 10 representatives in the next European Parliament, according to projections based on the latest polls.

The 2020 USR+PLUS Alliance, which is a new political force made of Save Romania Union (USR) and the party of former prime minister Dacian Ciolos – PLUS, is third in the polls with a 15-17% share of the vote intentions and could get 5 or 6 MEP seats. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), PSD’s junior ruling coalition partner, led by former PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu, has a 10-12% share of the intended vote similarly to PRO Romania, a new party led by former PM and PSD leader Victor Ponta, which has managed to draw some important PSD members in recent months. Both parties could get 3 or 4 seats.

In total, 23 political parties and 7 independent candidates will take part in the Romanian elections for the European Parliament, according to official data from the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC).

 

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