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European Parliament election, 2004 (Netherlands)

Netherlands European Parliament election, 2004

10 June 2004
27 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout 39,26%
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The European Parliament election of 2004 in the Netherlands was the election of MEP representing Netherlands constituency for the 2004-2009 term of the European Parliament. It was part of the wider 2004 European election. It was held on June 10, 2004. Fifteen parties competed in a D'Hondt type election for 27 seats. (down from 31).


Combined lists

Several parties combined in one list to take part in this European Election and increase their chance on a seat in the European Parliament. These combined lists are:

  1. ChristianUnion and SGP

Electoral alliances

Several parties formed an electoral alliance:[1]

  1. PvdA/European Social-Democrats and GreenLeft, with 1.476.750 votes
  2. CDA/European People's Party and ChristianUnion/SGP, with 1.444.311 votes
  3. VVD/European Liberal-Democrats and Democrats 66, with 831.700 votes

The alliance between Christian Democratic Appeal and ChristianUnion/SGP cost the Christian Democratic Appeal a seat, which goes to ChristianUnion/SGP. Other alliances had no effect on the result.

Treaty of Nice

The exact number of seats allocated to each country is determined by the treaties, currently the Treaty of Nice, and is adjusted by the accession treaty of each new member. Hence no change to the seats occurs without ratification by all states. According to the treaties, the maximum number of members in the Parliament is 732. This why the seats for the Netherlands was reduced from 31 to 27


According to the European Commission, the publication of national results prior to Sunday evening is considered illegal. However, all the municipalities in the Netherlands published the results on Thursday, giving the media the opportunity to give an almost complete national result, only missing votes cast abroad. The complete and official result were publicized according to the rules.[2]

Dutch political parties

The ruling centre-right parties, the Christian Democratic Appeal and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy polled poorly, while the opposition Labour Party and Socialist Party gained ground. The anti-fraud party Europe Transparent of whistle blower Paul van Buitenen unexpectedly won two seats.
 Summary of the 10 June 2004 European Parliament election results in the Netherlands
Lists Votes % Change Seats Change
Logo National Party EU Party EP Group
list Christian Democratic Appeal Christen-Democratisch Appèl EPP EPP-ED 1.164.431 24,43 -2,51 7 -2
list Labour Party Partij van de Arbeid PES 1.124.549 23,60 +3,49 7 +1
list People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie ELDR ALDE 629.198 13,20 -6,49 4 -2
list GreenLeft GroenLinks EGP Greens-EFA 352.201 7,39 -4,46 2 -2
list Europe Transparent Europa Transparant none Greens-EFA 349.156 7,33 +7,33 2 +2
list Socialist Party Socialistische Partij none EUL/NGL 332.326 6,97 +1,93 2 +1
list ChristianUnion – Reformed Political Party ChristenUnie–SGP none ID 279.880 5,87 -2,27 2 -1
list Democrats 66 Democraten 66 ELDR ALDE 202.502 4,25 -1,55 1 -1
list Party for Animals Partij voor de Dieren none 153.432 3,22 +3,22 0 ±0
list Pim Fortuyn List Lijst Pim Fortuyn none EUN 121.509 2,55 +2,55 0 ±0
list Party of the North Partij voor het Noorden none 18.234 0,38 +3,38 0 ±0
list New Right Nieuw Rechts none 15.732 0,33 +0,33 0 ±0
list Livable Europe Leefbaar Europa none 9.144 0,19 +0,19 0 ±0
list Democratic Europe Democratisch Europa none 8.780 0,18 +0,18 0 ±0
list none 4.603 0,10 +0,10 0 ±0
Total valid votes 4.765.677 100 27 -4
Invalid votes 11.444
Total votes 4.777.121
Electorate 12.168.878
Turnout 39,26%
Source: [3]

European groups

The EPP-ED group lost 2 seats, making it just as big as the PES group. The ELDR becomes 3rd group after PES.

After the elections ELDR and European Democratic Party (EDP) formed a new European Group named ALDE in the European parliament. The EDP did not have member party's in the Netherlands. Also the Europe of Democracies and Diversities (EDD) group reforms itself with party's from Eastern-Europe. They rename their group to Independence/Democracy (ID). The ChristianUnion – Reformed Political Party is part of this new group.
 Summary of the 10 June 2004 European Parliament elections in the Netherlands
European group Seats 1999 Seats 2004 Change
European People's Party–European Democrats EPP-ED 9 7 −2
Party of European Socialists PES 6 7 +1
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ALDE 8 5 −3
European Greens–European Free Alliance Greens-EFA 4 4 ±0
European United Left–Nordic Green Left EUL-NGL 1 2 +1
Independence/Democracy ID 3 2 −1
Non-Inscrits 0 0 ±0
31 27 -4

Elected Members

Below are all the elected members of European parliament. People with enough preference votes are in bold. The following MEP were officially announced by the Central Electoral Commission on 15 June 2004:[1]
21 members were elected by preference vote. Emine Bozkurt for the Dutch Labour Party was purely elected on his preference votes and would otherwise not made it into the European Parliament.

Christian Democratic Appeal

  1. Bert Doorn, with 978 votes
  2. Camiel Eurlings, with 938.025 votes (top candidate)
  3. Albert-Jan Maat, with 50.493 votes
  4. Maria Martens, with 30.948 votes (till 10 April 2007)
  5. Lambert van Nistelrooij, with 27.957 votes
  6. Ria Oomen-Ruijten, with 29.719 votes
  7. Corien Wortmann-Kool, with 2748 votes

Dutch Labour Party

  1. Max van den Berg, with 879.972 votes (top candidate)
  2. Thijs Berman, with 2536 votes
  3. Emine Bozkurt, with 24.359 votes
  4. Ieke van den Burg, with 2084 votes
  5. Dorette Corbey, with 17.847 votes
  6. Edith Mastenbroek, with 92.018 votes
  7. Jan-Marinus Wiersma, with 27.067 votes

People's Party for Freedom and Democracy

  1. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, with 44.064 votes
  2. Jules Maaten, with 412.688 votes (top candidate)
  3. Toine Manders, with 43.376 votes
  4. Jan Mulder, with 32.819 votes


  1. Kathalijne Buitenweg, with 297.237 votes (top candidate)
  2. Joost Lagendijk, with 3626 votes

Europe Transparent

  1. Paul van Buitenen, with 338.477 votes (top candidate)
  2. Els de Groen, with 4796 votes

Socialist Party

  1. Kartika Liotard, with 32.187 votes
  2. Erik Meijer, with 230.531 votes (top candidate)

ChristianUnion – Reformed Political Party

  1. Johannes Blokland (ChristianUnion), with 197.031 votes (top candidate)
  2. Bastiaan Belder (Reformed Political Party), with 44.473 votes

Democrats 66

  1. Sophie in 't Veld, with 161.104 votes (top candidate)

Remainder seats

Five seats are distributed as remainder seats. These go to the party's in this order:[1]

  1. Europe Transparent
  2. VVD/European Liberal-Democrats and Democrats 66 electoral alliance, given to People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
  3. Socialist Party
  4. PvdA/European Social-Democrats and GreenLeft electoral alliance, given to the Dutch Labour Party
  5. CDA/European People's Party and ChristianUnion/SGP electoral alliance, given to the ChristianUnion-SGP

MEPs period 2004-2009

Below is a list of members of the European Parliament for the period 2009-2014 as a result of this election.

Name National party EP Group Period Votes
Bastiaan "Bas" Belder      ChristianUnion–Reformed Political Party      IND&DEM 20 July 1999 44,473
Max van den Berg      Labour Party      PES 20 July 1999 – 1 September 2007 879,972
Thijs Berman      Labour Party      PES 20 July 2004 2,536
Johannes Blokland      ChristianUnion–Reformed Political Party      IND&DEM 19 July 1994 – 14 July 2009 197,031
Emine Bozkurt      Labour Party      PES 20 July 2004 24,359
Paul van Buitenen      Europe Transparent      G–EFA 20 July 2004 – 14 July 2009 338,477
Kathalijne Buitenweg      GreenLeft      G–EFA 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 297,237
Ieke van den Burg      Labour Party      PES 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 2,084
Jan Cremers      Labour Party      PES 8 May 2008 – 14 July 2009
Dorette Corbey      Labour Party      PES 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 17,847
Bert Doorn      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 978
Camiel Eurlings      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 2004 – 22 February 2007 938,025
Els de Groen-Kouwenhoven      Europe Transparent      G–EFA 20 July 2004 – 14 July 2009 4,796
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 20 July 2004 44,064
Lily Jacobs      Labour Party      PES 4 September 2007 – 14 July 2009
Joost Lagendijk      GreenLeft      G–EFA 1 September 1998 – 14 July 2009 3,626
Esther de Lange      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 12 April 2007
Kartika Liotard      Socialist Party      EUL–NGL 20 July 2004 32,187
Albert Jan Maat      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 1999 – 10 April 2007 50,493
Jules Maaten      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 412,688
Toine Manders      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 20 July 1999 43,376
Maria Martens      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 30.948
Edith Mastenbroek      Labour Party      PES 20 July 2004 – 20 April 2008 92,018
Erik Meijer      Socialist Party      EUL–NGL 20 July 1999 – 14 July 2009 230,531
Jan Mulder      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      ALDE 19 July 1994 – 14 July 2009 32,819
Lambert van Nistelrooij      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 2004 27,957
Ria Oomen-Ruijten      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 19 July 1994 29,719
Joop Post      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 1 March 2007 – 16 October 2007
Sophie in 't Veld      Democrats 66      ALDE 20 July 2004 161,104
Cornelis Visser      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 17 October 2007 – 14 July 2009
Jan-Marinus Wiersma      Labour Party      PES 19 July 1994 – 14 July 2009 27,067
Corien Wortmann-Kool      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP–ED 20 July 2004 2,748
Source: [4]


  1. ^ a b c Minutes Dutch EP election 2004 in .pfd and Dutch
  2. ^ Electoral council is allowed to renounce results Article Volkskrant
  3. ^ Minutes Dutch EP election 2004 in .pdf and Dutch
  4. ^ Dutch MEPs Parlementair Documentatie Centrum
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