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28/05/2014 12:20 Age: 5 yrs
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EFA member parties perform well in the European elections #EP2014

The Parties of the European Free Alliance have had a huge success in the European elections, increasing the numbers of MEPs from seven to twelve.

SNP, ERC and NVA results were spectacular. In Scotland the SNP increased its number of voters and share of the vote while in Catalonia the ERC returned two MEPs and overtook the CiU to become the biggest party in Catalonia. NVA dominated the Belgian vote winning four MEPs.

Furthermore, Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru), starting from a low 11% in the polls stormed back to retain her seat and win 15% of the vote. Latvian Russian Tatjana Zdanok (RLU) also got elected after a hard campaign to regain the seat winning 6.38% of the votes.

Fantastic news also came from the coalition “Los Pueblos deciden”, comprising EH-Bildu (EA, Aralar) and BNG, with Josu Juaristi winning a seat and the most votes in the Basque Country, and from Primavera Europea (ChA, Bloc) where Jordi Sebastià won a seat.

EFA member parties stood across Europe and while not winning seats performed well in often adverse circumstances. Those parties without MEPs are represented in the European Parliament (EP) by the elected EFA MEPs.

UDB gained 2% across a ‘Grand Ouest’ constituency (which include Pays de Loire), and 2% in Brittany itself.

Regions et Peuples Solidaires made no gains polling less than 0.3%, but in contrast Francois Alfonsi polled very well in Corsica at 21.5%.  Partit Occitan polled at 2%. There were no gains for Alsacian Unser Land who stood in coalition with an alternative Green party.

Lista Za Rijeku made no gains. The coalition result was 2.37%, the result in the Rijeka region was 3.3% and below expectations. The turnout was 25%.

Bayernpartei polled strongly winning over 9,000 voters more in Bavaria since the last European election, but it wasn’t to be enough to get a Bavarian representative elected.

In Moravia, Moravané gained 0.43 %, 6,614 votes, and where there was a very low turnout of less than 20%.

In Greece, Rainbow increased its votes by 30% from 4,512 (2009) to 5,671, but not enough for a seat. DEB, the party of the Turkish minority in Thrace and an EFA applicant party, performed well, gaining 25% (42,533) of the votes in their region, making them the third party in their region. However, it wasn’t enough to break the nationwide threshold needed for a seat.

In the Val d’Aosta ALPE fielded Luca Barbieri on a list with the Democratic Party (PD) but he didn't have a place high enough on the list to get elected, even with the PD gaining 17,557 votes.

Slovakia saw one of the lowest turnouts in Europe with only 13% voting, and possibly affecting the Hungarian MKDSZ party who polled around 0.2%.

Slovenska Skupnost had to fight local and EP elections at the same time. For the EP elections Tanja Peric came 3rd on her list gaining 1,297 votes but not enough for a seat. The President of Slovenska was on the SDS list in Slovenia. It won three seats but not enough to elect the Slovenska candidate.

Full EU election results: http://europedecides.eu/

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