At its today’s sitting, the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) passed the legislative amendment with which the number of members elected from Estonia to the European Parliament is removed from the text of the European Parliament Election Act.
The Act sets out that the number of members of the European Parliament elected in Estonia is provided for in the European Union legislation. Under the Act that was in force until today, six members of the European Parliament were elected in Estonia. According the European Council Decision of 28 June, the number of members elected to the European Parliament in Estonia at the European Parliament elections of 2019 will be seven.
If the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union will not yet have become legally effective at the beginning of the parliamentary term of the new European Parliament, six members from Estonia will take up seats in the European Parliament on the basis of the election results. The seventh member elected will take up their seat when the United Kingdom has left the European Union.
The Act also provides that the number of candidates on the list of a political party may exceed the number of MEPs elected in Estonia by two. Thus, up to nine people may stand as candidates for the European Parliament on the lists of political parties next year. Until now, the list of a political party could include up to 12 candidates, which was twice the number of members of the European Parliament elected in Estonia.
87 members of the Riigikogu voted for the Act on Amendments to the European Parliament Election Act (696 SE), initiated by the Constitutional Committee.
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