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Parties in the European Council between January and June 2013


Parties in the European Council between January and June 2013

The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 January 2013.

Until 1 July 2013 the European Union will have twenty-seven members. On that date, Croatia is expected to join the Union, therefore forcing a change of the influence each member-state has, as well as its Qualified Majority Voting. This article describes the party affiliations of leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 2013. The list below gives the political party that each head of government, or head of state, belongs to at the national level, as well as the European political alliance to which that national party belongs. The states are listed from most to least populous. More populous states have greater influence in the council, in accordance with the system of Qualified Majority Voting.


  • Summary 1
  • List of leaders (1 January 2013) 2
  • Changes 3
    • Affiliation 3.1
    • Office-holder only 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Party 1 January 2013 28 February 2013 11 March 2013 13 March 2013 20 March 2013 29 May 2013
European People's Party 15 182 16 186 15 183 14 173 13 169 13 169
Party of European Socialists 5 65 5 65 6 68 6 68 6 68 7 78
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists 2 41 2 41 2 41 2 41 2 41 2 41
Independent 2 36 2 36 2 36 3 46 4 50 3 40
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party 2 17 2 17 2 17 2 17 2 17 2 17
Party of the European Left 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

List of leaders (1 January 2013)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Angela Merkel CDU EPP
France 29 François Hollande PS PES
United Kingdom 29 David Cameron Con AECR
Italy 29 Mario Monti SC Independent
Spain 27 Mariano Rajoy PP EPP
Poland 27 Donald Tusk PO EPP
Romania 14 Traian Băsescu Independent EPP
Netherlands 13 Mark Rutte VVD ALDE Party
Greece 12 Antonis Samaras ND EPP
Belgium 12 Elio Di Rupo PS PES
Portugal 12 Pedro Passos Coelho PPD/PSD EPP
Czech Republic 12 Petr Nečas ODS AECR
Hungary 12 Viktor Orbán Fidesz EPP
Sweden 10 Fredrik Reinfeldt M EPP
Austria 10 Werner Faymann SPÖ PES
Bulgaria 10 Boyko Borisov GERB EPP
Denmark 7 Helle Thorning-Schmidt A PES
Slovakia 7 Robert Fico SMER-SD PES
Finland 7 Jyrki Katainen Kok. EPP
Ireland 7 Enda Kenny FG EPP
Lithuania 7 Dalia Grybauskaitė Independent
Slovenia 4 Janez Janša SDS EPP
Latvia 4 Valdis Dombrovskis V EPP
Estonia 4 Andrus Ansip RE ALDE Party
Cyprus 4 Demetris Christofias AKEL PEL
Luxembourg 4 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP
Malta 3 Lawrence Gonzi PN EPP

^ Supported by PD-L
^ AKEL holds only observer status with the Party of the European Left.



Date Member-state Leader National party European party
28 February Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades DISY EPP
11 March Malta Joseph Muscat PL PES
13 March Bulgaria Marin Raykov Independent
20 March Slovenia Alenka Bratušek PS Independent
29 May Bulgaria Plamen Oresharski Independent PES[a 1]

Office-holder only

Date Member-state Leader National party European party
28 April Italy Enrico Letta PD Independent

See also


  • ^ PES General Secretary Achim Post stated that; “the PES sends the warmest congratulations to the BSP on the formation of the new Government in Bulgaria. Plamen Oresharski becomes the tenth PES head of State or Government in the European Council" although not member of BSP. See the PES press release: "New Bulgarian Government will be one with an irreproachable sense of integrity, responsibility and urgency, says Sergei Stanishev".

External links

  • Council of the European Union (official website)
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