David McAllister MEP: On the outcome of the European Elections
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David McAllister MEP: On the outcome of the European Elections

It has been ten days since Europeans elected the 720 Members of the European Parliament that will represent their interests over the next five years. The main takeaway is that that the constructive pro-European centre holds. The 2024 European elections saw the highest voter turnout in over 30 years and in over half of EU Member States (14 to be exact), the participation rate also increased from 2019.

The European People’s Party (EPP) is once again the largest political group in the European Parliament. We have confirmed that our lead candidate for the next Commission President is the incumbent Ursula von der Leyen.

The election results show a majority of our citizens have called for the defence of our values and for security to remain a top priority. Our support with Ukraine will continue. Everyone must benefit from the twin transitions. The green deal needs to be a driver of economic growth without burdens, bureaucracy and red tape. We need to move from being in ‘crisis mode’ to thinking long term, building on our greatest asset, the single market and prioritising the EU’s competitiveness. That is how we secure Europe’s place in the world.