De nationale kieswetten voor de Europese verkiezingen

  • Guido Van Den Berghe


Between 7 June and 10 June 1979, the first elections of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage will be held in all the Member States of the European Community.
Within that period, the elections shall be held on a date fixed by each Member State. The electoral procedure, except for the common provisions of the annexed Act to the Council Decision on direct
elections of 20 September 1976, shall be governed in each Member State by its national procedures. There will be nine parallel national elections.  The Council Decision and the annexed Act of 20 September 1976 are considered in retrospect and then analysed, as are the national electoral laws, which will be used for the European elections in the different Member States. Their mutual differences and contradictions are discussed.
Changes from the electoral procedure in use for national elections are traced.  Broadly speaking, one of the aims of the article is to show that the potential influence of an individual vote of a «European citizenl» on the composition of the European Parliament wilt differ considerably from one Member State to another.
In the closing remarks, the European elections are put into the perspective of furthering the  democratisation of the European Communities.

How to Cite:

Van Den Berghe, G., (1979) “De nationale kieswetten voor de Europese verkiezingen”, Res Publica 21(1), 3-28. doi:

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Published on
30 Mar 1979
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