EPRS Admin By / April 11, 2014

Electoral threshold

Electoral threshold

Electoral threshold

EU law authorises MS to establish thresholds of up to 5% for the allocation of seats in the European elections. 14 MS
have formal (established by law) thresholds. In its resolution of November 2012, the EP called on MS to introduce in
their electoral laws appropriate and proportionate minimum thresholds for the European elections, in order to
“safeguard the functionality of Parliament” by avoiding further fragmentation. Even in those MS without a formally
established threshold there is an ‘effective’ threshold, which can exceed 5%, particularly in MS with a small number
of seats in Parliament.


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