Sixth European Parliament
The Sixth European Parliament was the sixth five-year term of the elected European Parliament. It began on Tuesday 20 July 2004 in Strasbourg following the 2004 elections and ended after the 2009 elections.
|6th European Parliament|
|20 July 2004 – 7 May 2009|
|President (1st Half)||Josep Borrell|
|President (2nd Half)||Hans-Gert Poettering|
|European Union portal|
- 10–13 June 2004
- 20 July 2004
- 22 July 2004
- 27 September to 11 October 2004
- 18 November 2004
- The Barroso Commission is approved by Parliament.
- 22 November 2004
- Barroso Commission takes office.
- 12 December 2006
- 1 January 2007
- Accession of Romania and Bulgaria, their observers in Parliament become full MEPs.
- 15 January 2007
- Hans-Gert Pöttering is elected President of the European Parliament.
- 20 May 2007
- 25 November 2007
- 20 February 2008
- Parliament approves the Lisbon Treaty.
|Resolutions and positions||80||440||483||494||514||215|
Major resolutions and positions
|Resolution/position number||Procedure number||Notes|
|P6_TA(2006)0552||COD/2003/0256||Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, the REACH regulation|
|P6_TA(2007)0032||INI/2006/2200||European Parliament resolution on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners|
|P6_TA(2006)0490||COD/2004/0001||Amended and approved Directive 2006/123/EC, the Bolkestein directive|
|P6_TA(2007)0401||COD/2004/0047||Amended and approved Directive 2007/58/EC, the rail competition directive|
|P6_TA(2005)0275||COD/2002/0047||Rejected the proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions|
|P6_TA(2007)0199||COD/2006/0133||Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 717/2007, the mobile phone roaming regulation|
|P6_TA(2008)0342||COD/2006/0130||Amended and approved Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008, the air pricing clarity regulation|
|P6_TA(2008)0293||COD/2005/0167||Amended and approved Directive 2008/115/EC, the illegal immigration directive|
|P6_TA(2005)0132||INI/2004/2172||European Parliament resolution on the Common Foreign and Security Policy|
|Standing committee||20 (+2 subcommittees)|
|Temporary committee||3||See below for list|
|Committee of enquiry||1||See below for list|
|CLIM||Temporary Committee on Climate Change||A6-2008-0495|
|TDIP||Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries
by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners
|FINP||Temporary Committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013||A6-2005-0153|
Committees of enquiry
|EQUI||Committee of Inquiry into the crisis of the Equitable Life Assurance Society||A6-2007-0203|
- See membership below for details of size
|European People's Party–European Democrats||EPP-ED|
|Party of European Socialists||PES|
|Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe||ALDE|
|Greens/European Free Alliance||G/EFA|
|European United Left-Nordic Green Left||EUL-NGL|
|Union for a Europe of Nations||UEN|
|Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty||ITS|
|20 July 2004–
14 January 2007
|15 January 2007–
14 July 2009
Mia De Vits
|Mia De Vits|
Chairs of the political groups
|EPP-ED||Hans-Gert Pöttering (until 2007), Joseph Daul (from 2007)|
|EUL-NGL||Alonso José Puerta|
|IND/DEM||Jens-Peter Bonde (until 2008), Kathy Sinnott (2008), Hanne Dahl (from 2008)|
Nigel Farage (full term)
|UEN||Brian Crowley (until 2009)|
|ITS||Bruno Gollnisch (2007)|
- See List of members of the European Parliament 2004–2009 for the full list.
|Malta||5||Total||732 / 785|
- The Treaties of Rome and Treaty of Maastricht as amended by the Treaty of Nice and all preceding amending treaties.
- Created 15 January 2007, disbanded 14 November 2007
- Independents, not a group
- Tuesday 20 July 2004: first day of the constitutive session of the Sixth European Parliament. By Friday 23 July 2004, the composition had changed slightly.
- Composition of 15 January 2007 following the creation of ITS
- Following Bulgarian and Romanian elections
- Before 2009 election
- Four Lega Nord MEPs arrived on 20 July 2004, sat with the Non-Inscrits for one day, then sat with IND/DEM on 21 July 2004, bringing the number of IND/DEM MEPs up to 37. Consequently, "37" is sometimes given as the number of IND/DEM MEPs on 20 July 2004.
- Bulgaria and Romania joined on 1 January 2007. Prior to 2007 there were 732 seats, following enlargement the Romanian and Bulgarian seats were added bringing it to 785.
- European Parliament Minutes (Proceedings of the Sitting) on the European Parliament website
- European Parliament Press Release on election
- "Debates Wednesday, 21 July 2004 – Strasbourg > Election of Quaestors" from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/
- 20040720 on the European Parliament website
- "EU's surprise far-right coalition", BBC, 15 January 2009
- EPP-ED Overview 2008-02-10