18 new Members join the European Parliament
Thursday 01 December 2011
The European Parliament added 18 new Members to reach 751 total MEPs. The reason for the change is that the last Parliament elections in 2009 were held under the Nice Treaty, which set the number of MEPs to 736. The Lisbon Treaty increased that number to 751.
There are four new MEPs from Spain and two each from Austria, France and Sweden. Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and the UK each elected one new MEP.