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1999 Italy 2009
Italian election of European Parliament, 2004
78 seats to the European Parliament
13 June 2004
First party Second party
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Leader Romano Prodi Silvio Berlusconi
Party The Olive Tree Forza Italia
Leader since 13 June 2004 26 January 1994
Last election totally 33.2% 25.2%
Seats before 29 22
Seats won 24 16
Seat change -5 -6
Popular vote 10,105,836 6,806,245
Percentage 31.1% 20.9%
Swing -2.1% -4.3%

Elections to the European Parliament were held in Italy on 12 and 13 June 2004. Italy's highly fragmented party system made it hard to identify an overall trend, but the results were generally seen as a defeat for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a victory for the centre-left opposition coalition identified with Romano Prodi, who was President of the European Commission until 2004, and was widely expected to re-enter Italian politics at the next election.

The common list of the Olive Tree, comprising mainly the Democrats of the Left and Daisy-Democracy is Freedom became the largest list, with an important psychological effect. However, expectations for this list were originally somewhat larger, and Massimo D'Alema had proclaimed that "If the unity list reaches 33%, the government has to go".

While the Unity list wasn't so phenomenal, the test indicated a somewhat reduced support for the centre-right coalition. However, it must be kept in mind that, in European elections, Italians tend to vote in a more "light-hearted" way, giving their vote more easily to a candidate outside their usual party; this generally reduces the significance of these elections.

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Results

Registered voters: 49,804,087 100.0%
Turnout: 35,717,655 71.7%
Valid votes: 32,516,246 65.3%
Party Votes % Change Seats Change
United in the Olive Tree 10,105,836 31.1 -2.1 24 -5
—included Democrats of the Left (DS / PES)       14 -1
—included The Daisy (DL / EDP)       7 -4
—included Italian Democratic Socialists (SDI / PES) 2 =
—included European Republican Movement (MRE / ELDR) 1 =
South Tyrolese People's Party (SVP / EPP)¹ 146,357 0.5 -0.0 1 =
Forza Italia (FI / EPP) 6,806,245 20.9 -4.3 16 -6
National Alliance (AN / UEN) 3,736,606 11.5 +1.2 9 =
Communist Refoundation Party (PRC / EUL-NGL) 1,969,776 6.1 +1.8 5 +1
Union of Christian Democrats (UDC / EPP) 1,914,726 5.9 +1.2 5 +1
Lega Nord (LN / UEN) 1,613,506 5.0 +0.5 4 =
Federation of the Greens (Verdi / Green-EFA) 803,356 2.5 +0.7 2 =
Party of Italian Communists (PDCI / EUL-NGL) 787,613 2.4 +0.4 2 =
Emma Bonino List (Radicali / Ind) 731,536 2.3 -6.2 2 -5
Civil Society of Di Pietro - Occhetto (IdV / ELDR) 695,179 2.1 +2.1 2 +2
Socialists United for Europe (NPSI / Ind) 664,463 2.0 +1.9 2 +2
Populars-UDEUR (UDEUR / EPP) 419,173 1.3 -0.3 1 =
Social Alternative (AS / Ind) 400,626 1.2 +1.2 1 +1
Pensioners' Party (Pensionati / EPP) 374,343 1.2 +0.4 1 =
Tricolour Flame (FT / Ind) 237,058 0.7 -0.9 1 =
Others 1,270,993 3.3
Total 32,516,246 78 -9

¹ United in the Olive Tree run in coalition with SVP in North-Eastern Italy. Michl Ebner of the SVP was so elected thanks to the electoral law provisions protecting ethnic minorities.

Seats

The five constituencies for European elections

Seats are allocated to party lists on a national basis using an electoral quota, with the residue given to the lists with the largest excess over whole quotas. An electoral quota is then calculated for each list and used to allocate seats to each list in each of the five electoral regions.

Electoral Region Administrative Regions Seats
North-West Aosta Valley, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont 23
North-East Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Veneto 15
Central Latium, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria 16
Southern Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise 17
Islands Sardinia, Sicily 7

Members returned

See MEPs for Italy 2004 - 2009 for a national list in alphabetical order.

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North-West

North-East

Central

Southern

Islands

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