Elections to European Parliament ended with landslide victory of parties advocating euro-integration: European Commission head
The elections to the European Parliament ended with landslide victory of parties that support euro-integration, ITAR-TASS quoted European Commission Head Jose Manuel Barroso as saying.
"The political forces that have responded to policy challenges that have occurred in the last election period 2004-2009 in a constructive way received the overwhelming majority of seats in parliament," Barroso said. Thus he commented on the preservation of the positions in the European parliament by conservative Christian Democrat European People's Party / ENP /, the biggest supranational party of the European Union, which includes also Barroso and supported his nomination to head the European Commission for a second term. ENP has received 267 out of 736 seats in the European Parliament against 288 in the 2004-2009 European Parliament. The outgoing staff of the European Parliament has 783 MPs, which means that position of the Conservatives have remained constant - about 36 percent, PRIME-TASS reported.
As to all-time voter turnout that made up 43.09 percent this year in the EU on average, Barroso acknowledged that there is nothing to be proud of. He blamed low interest of Europeans in the elections for the EU politicians, who "focus on internal political issues in their countries, while it was high time for them to realize their role as European politicians."
Commenting on results of right radical forces in a number of EU states, spokesman for the European Commission Johannes Laytenberger noted that "there is no the general trend in that." "Radicals gained votes in some countries and lost in others. It is natural in times of economic crisis and a difficult social situation in Europe," he said.