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[1] 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
Political groups
  • 732 (2004–2006)
  • 785 (2007–2009)
Nice[nb 1]

Major events


2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source
Reports 73 415 481 519 515 268
Resolutions and positions 80 440 483 494 514 215
Parliamentary questions 2525 6310 7032 7765 8266 3373
Written declarations 27 82 91 115 106 52

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



Type Number Sources Notes
Standing committee 20 (+2 subcommittees)
Temporary committee 3 See below for list
Committee of enquiry 1 See below for list

Temporary committees

Code Committee Report Sources
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

Code Committee Report Sources
EQUI Committee of Inquiry into the crisis of the Equitable Life Assurance Society A6-2007-0203


Type Number Sources
Europe delegations 10
Non-Europe delegations 24
Ad-hoc delegations 1

Political groups

See membership below for details of size
Group name Acronym
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
Independence/Democracy IND/DEM
Union for a Europe of Nations UEN
Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty[nb 2] ITS
Non-Inscrits[nb 3] NI



Term President
(or candidate)
Group State Votes
20 July 2004–
14 January 2007
Josep Borrell   PES  Spain 388
Bronisław Geremek   ALDE  Poland 208
Francis Wurtz   EUL/NGL  France 51
15 January 2007–
14 July 2009[2]
Hans-Gert Pöttering   EPP-ED  Germany 450
Monica Frassoni   G/EFA  Italy 145
Francis Wurtz   EUL/NGL  France 48
Jens-Peter Bonde   IND/DEM  Denmark 46


Group 2004–2006 2007–2009

Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca
Antonios Trakatellis
Edward McMillan-Scott
Ingo Friedrich
Mario Mauro
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
Miroslav Ouzký

Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou
Alejo Vidal-Quadras
Edward McMillan-Scott
Mario Mauro


Dagmar Roth-Behrendt
António Costa
Pierre Moscovici

Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez
Mechtild Rothe
Pierre Moscovici
Manuel António Dos Santos
Marek Siwiec


Luigi Cocilovo
Janusz Onyszkiewicz

Luigi Cocilovo
Diana Wallis


Gérard Onesta

Gérard Onesta


Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

Luisa Morgantini

IND/DEM n/a n/a
UEN n/a

Adam Bielan

ITS n/a n/a


Group 2004–2006[3] 2007–2009
EPP-ED James Nicholson
Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl
Astrid Lulling
James Nicholson
Astrid Lulling
Ingo Friedrich
PES Genowefa Grabowska
Mia De Vits
Mia De Vits
Szabolcs Fazakas
ALDE n/a Jan Mulder

Chairs of the political groups

Group Chairs
EPP-ED Hans-Gert Pöttering (until 2007), Joseph Daul (from 2007)
PES Martin Schulz
ALDE Graham Watson
G/EFA Monica Frassoni
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
EUL-NGL Alonso José Puerta
Francis Wurtz
IND/DEM Jens-Peter Bonde (until 2008), Kathy Sinnott (2008), Hanne Dahl (from 2008)
Nigel Farage (full term)
UEN Brian Crowley (until 2009)
Cristiana Muscardini
ITS Bruno Gollnisch (2007)


See List of members of the European Parliament 2004–2009 for the full list.
Group Seats
[nb 4]
[nb 5]
[nb 6]
[nb 7]
EPP-ED 268 277 288 288
PES 200 218 215 217
ALDE 88 106 101 104
G/EFA 42 42 43 43
EUL-NGL 41 40 41 41
IND/DEM 33[nb 8] 23 24 22
UEN 27 44 44 40
ITS n/a 20 n/a n/a
NI 33 14 29 30
State Seats State Seats
 Germany 99  France 78
 United Kingdom 78  Italy 78
 Spain 54  Poland 54
 Romania[nb 9] 35  Netherlands 27
 Greece 24  Portugal 24
 Belgium 24  Czech Republic 24
 Hungary 24  Sweden 19
 Austria 18  Bulgaria[nb 9] 18
 Denmark 14  Slovakia 14
 Finland 14  Ireland 13
 Lithuania 13  Latvia 9
 Slovenia 7  Estonia 6
 Cyprus 6  Luxembourg 6
 Malta 5 Total[nb 9] 732 / 785


Office Post Name Source
Office of the Secretary-GeneralSecretary-General of the European ParliamentJulian Priestley (to 2007)
Harald Rømer (2007 to 2009)
Klaus Welle (since 2009)
Legal ServiceJurisconsult of the European ParliamentChristian Pennera
Directorate-General for the PresidencyDirector-GeneralDavid Harley
Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the UnionDirector-GeneralRiccardo Ribera d'Alcala
Directorate-General for External Policies of the UnionDirector-GeneralDietmar Nickel
Directorate-General for CommunicationDirector-GeneralFrancesca R. Ratti
Directorate-General for PersonnelDirector-GeneralBarry Wilson
Directorate-General for Infrastructure and LogisticsDirector-GeneralConstantin Stratigakis
Directorate-General for TranslationDirector-GeneralJuana Lahousse-Juárez
Directorate-General for Interpretation and ConferencesDirector-GeneralOlga Cosmidou
Directorate-General for FinanceDirector-GeneralRoger Vanhaeren

See also


Membership lists


  1. The Treaties of Rome and Treaty of Maastricht as amended by the Treaty of Nice and all preceding amending treaties.
  2. Created 15 January 2007, disbanded 14 November 2007
  3. Independents, not a group
  4. 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.
  5. Composition of 15 January 2007 following the creation of ITS
  6. Following Bulgarian and Romanian elections
  7. Before 2009 election
  8. 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.
  9. 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.