2009 European Parliament election in Bulgaria


The European Parliament election of 2009 in Bulgaria was held on Sunday 7 June 2009 and was the election of the delegation from Bulgaria to the European Parliament. As a result of the Treaty of Nice – that became active in November 2004 – the number of Bulgarian delegates in the European Parliament decreased from 18 (in 2007) to 17 delegates. When the Treaty of Lisbon was ratified, the number of Bulgarian Delegates went back up to 18.

European Parliament election in Bulgaria, 2009

 2007 7 June 2009 2014 

18 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout37.5%
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Boyko Borisov Sergei Stanishev Ahmed Dogan
Party GERB KB DPS
Alliance EPP PES ALDE
Seats won 5 4 3
Seat change ±0 −1 -1
Popular vote 627,693 476,618 364,197
Percentage 24.36% 18.50% 14.14%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Volen Siderov Simeon Sakskoburggotski Martin Dimitrov, Ivan Kostov
Party Ataka NDSV SDS+DSB
Alliance NI ALDE EPP
Seats won 2 2 1
Seat change -1 +1 +1
Popular vote 308,052 205,146 204,817
Percentage 11.96% 7.96% 7.95%

Background


This election is the first one, in which Bulgaria elects MEP for the full 5-year term. Most political analysts viewed these elections as a rehearsal to the 2009 Bulgarian parliamentary election. It was speculated that if similar results were obtained on the latter elections, that the formation of government would be extremely difficult. This did not turn out to be the case.

Opinion polls


Source Date GERB BSP DPS Attack Blue Coalition Others
Alpha Research Archived 2 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine March 19.2% 14.1% 6.0% 6.8% 4.9%
Alpha Research April 24% 18% 15% 8% 7%
NCIOM[permanent dead link] 19 May 32.4% 26.8% 12.1% 11% 6.2% 6.8%
Skala 28 May 31.99% 20.89% 13.61% 9.70% 10.21% 13.1%
MBMD 31 May 30.00% 25.00% 19.00% 8.10% 6.07% 7.1%
Skala 1 June 30.30% 21.42% 15.03% 9.77% 8.94% 14.54%
Skala 2 June 31.15% 20.87% 15.18% 9.46% 8.80% 14.54%
Barometar Info 3 June 26.07% 17.54% 15.00% 8.53% 9.24% 18.95%
Skala 4 June 29.50% 20.95% 16.55% 10.30% 8.22% 14.48%

Results


PartyVotes%Seats+/–
GERB627,69324.3650
Coalition for Bulgaria476,61818.504–1
Movement for Rights and Freedoms364,19714.143–1
Attack 308,05211.962–1
National Movement for Stability and Progress205,1467.962+1
Blue Coalition204,8177.951+1
Liberal Initiative for Democratic European Development146,9845.700New
Order, Law and Justice120,2804.6700
IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement57,9312.250New
The Greens18,4440.720New
Bulgarian Social Democracy14,1320.550New
Union of Patriotic Forces "Defence"11,9040.460New
Bulgarian New Democracy11,6790.450New
Independents8,5650.3300
Total2,576,442100.0017–1
Valid votes2,576,44299.03
Invalid/blank votes25,2450.97
Total votes2,601,687100.00
Registered voters/turnout6,684,77038.92
Source: CIK

Elected MEPs


The following 18 MEP were elected:[1]

5 MEPs from GERB that joined the European People's Party group:

  1. Rumiana Jeleva
  2. Vladimir Urutchev
  3. Iliana Ivanova
  4. Emil Stoyanov
  5. Maria Nedeltcheva

4 MEPs from the Coalition for Bulgaria that joined the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats:

  1. Ivaylo Kalfin
  2. Iliana Yotova
  3. Kristian Vigenin
  4. Evgeni Kirilov

3 MEPs from Movement for Rights and Freedoms that joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group:

  1. Filiz Husmenova
  2. Vladko Panayotov
  3. Metin Kazak

2 MEPs from Attack that sat as Non-inscrits:

  1. Dimitar Stoyanov
  2. Slavcho Binev

2 MEPs from National Movement for Stability and Progress that joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group:

  1. Meglena Kuneva
  2. Antonia Parvanova

1 MEP from Union of Democratic Forces that joined the European People's Party group:

  1. Nadezhda Mihaylova

1 MEP from Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria that joined the European People's Party group:

  1. Svetoslav Malinov

See also


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