Romania to get one more MEP seat in European Parliament
The number of MEPs will be cut as of next year, following the Brexit. Part of the mandates for the British will be shared by the rest of the countries and the rest of seats will be in store for the next EU enlargements. Romania will get one more seat, up to 33 MEPs, stiri.tvr.ro reports.
Currently, the European Parliament has 751 MEPs. By the vacancy of 73 seats that were occupied by the British, a new structure was needed to consider the future EU enlargements and to ensure that no Member State loses seats.
Thus, 27 MEP seats that belonged to the British were shared by 14 underrepresented states and the rest of 46 were placed at the disposal of future members, most likely from Western Balkans, such as Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
France has got 5 mandates more, Poland 2 mandates.
The turnout to European elections is generally weak. In 2014 some 43.11% of the citizens turned out to vote.