European Parliament election, 1999 (Italy)

Italian election of European Parliament, 1999

13 June 1999

87 seats to the European Parliament

  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Silvio Berlusconi Walter Veltroni Gianfranco Fini
Party Forza Italia Democrats of the Left Segni Pact –
National Alliance
Alliance EPP PES UEN
Leader since 26 January 1994 6 November 1998 6 July 1991
Last election 30.6% 19.1% 15.7%
Seats before 27 16 14
Seats won 22 15 9
Seat change 5 1 5
Popular vote 7,829,624 5,395,363 3,202,895
Percentage 25.2% 17.3% 10.3%
Swing 5.4% 1.8% 5.4

Major party in each Province

The European Parliament election of 1999 in Italy was the election of the delegation from Italy to the European Parliament in 1999.

Electoral system

The pure party-list proportional representation was the traditional electoral system of the Italian Republic since its foundation in 1946, so it had been adopted to elect the Italian representatives to the European Parliament too. Two levels were used: a national level to divide seats between parties, and a constituency level to distribute them between candidates. Italian regions were united in 5 constituencies, each electing a group of deputies. At national level, seats were divided between party lists using the largest remainder method with Hare quota. All seats gained by each party were automatically distributed to their local open lists and their most voted candidates.

Results

The election was won again by Forza Italia, just accepted to the European People's Party, that got 25.2% of the vote and 22 seats. The governing Democrats of the Left, led by Walter Veltroni, got 17.3% of the vote and 15 seats, while National Alliance, federated to Segni Pact, got only 10.3% of the vote and 9 seats (8 seats to AN and one seat to Segni Pact). Instead a good result was obtained by Bonino List, that gained 8.5% of the vote and 7 seats.

Summary of the 13 June 1999 European Parliament election results in Italy
National party European group Main candidate Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Forza Italia EPP-ED Silvio Berlusconi 7,813,948 25.16 5.46 22 5
Democrats of the Left PES Walter Veltroni 5,387,729 17.34 1.72 15 1
Segni Pact – National Alliance UEN Gianfranco Fini 3,194,661 10.30 5.43 9 5
Bonino List TGI Emma Bonino 2,625,881 8.45 6.32 7 5
The Democrats ELDR Antonio Di Pietro 2,402,435 7.73 New 6 New
Northern League TGI Umberto Bossi 1,395,547 4.48 2.08 4 2
Communist Refoundation Party GUE/NGL Fausto Bertinotti 1,391,595 4.27 1.81 4 1
Italian People's Party EPP-ED Ciriaco De Mita 1,316,830 4.24 5.76 4 4
Christian Democratic Centre EPP-ED Pier Ferdinando Casini 805,320 2.59 New 2 New
Italian Democratic Socialists PES Enrico Boselli 670,957 2.16 0.37 2 1
United Christian Democrats EPP-ED Nino Gemelli 669,919 2.16 New 2 New
Party of Italian Communists GUE/NGL Armando Cossutta 622,261 2.00 New 2 New
Federation of the Greens Greens/EFA Reinhold Messner 548,987 1.76 1.44 2 1
Union of Democrats for Europe EPP-ED Clemente Mastella 498,742 1.61 New 1 New
Tricolour Flame TGI Roberto Felice Bigliardo 496,030 1.60 New 1 New
Italian Renewal EPP-ED Pino Pisicchio 353,890 1.14 New 1 New
Pensioners' Party EPP-ED Carlo Fatuzzo 233,874 0.75 1 1
Italian Republican PartyFederation of Liberals ELDR Luciana Sbarbati 168,620 0.54 0.36 1 0
South Tyrolean People's Party[1] EPP-ED Michl Ebner 156,005 0.50 0.12 1 0
LVRUfSFG – Others None 117,979 0.38 0 0
Southern Action League None 94,181 0.30 0.37 0 0
PSd'AzVNEPCI None 61,185 0.19 0 0
Socialist Party None 42,500 0.14 New 0 New
Federalism (Valdostan Union – Others)[2] None 40,970 0.13 0.26 0 0
Humanist Party None 16,168 0.05 0 0
Cobas for Self-Organization None 4,432 0.01 New 0 New
Valid votes 31,062,426 90.4
Blank and invalid votes 3,315,038 9.6
Totals 34,359,339 100 87 0
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 49,278,309 69.73 3.87
Source: Ministry of the Interior
Popular vote
FI
25.16%
DS
17.34%
PS-AN
10.30%
Bonino
8.47%
Dem
7.73%
LN
4.48%
PRC
4.27%
PPI
4.24%
CCD
2.59%
SDI
2.16%
CDU
2.16%
PdCI
2.00%
Others
9.10%

References

  1. List connected with The Democrats
  2. List connected with The Democrats

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