European Parliamentary Elections take place!

Elections to the European Parliament took place throughout the European Union from 22 to 25 May.

172 million EU citizens elected 751 members of the next European Parliament (2014-2019), in the first of what will be a number of changes in EU institutions' leadership during 2014. Newly elected members will take their seats for the first time at a mostly organizational plenary session on 1 July.

"Citizens across the European Union have exercised their democratic right and made their voice count in the European Parliament elections. I thank all those who have voted," said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. In Wellington, over 60 students and young professionals attended a European Parliament elections night organized by the European Union Centres Network on 26 May.

Click here for President Barroso's statement