The Integration of MEPs from Central and Eastern Europe into the European Parliament

Radko Hokovský

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This article evaluates the level of integration of Members of the European Parliament from Central and Eastern Europe in the European Parliament after the EU enlargements of 2004 and 2007. The main objective is to address the puzzle of how the European Parliament’s political groups could maintain or even increase their voting cohesion after the influx of a significantly large number of new MEPs coming from countries with different historical experience, socio-economic characteristics, and political and party systems. Three indicators of MEP integration are defined: integration into parliamentary leadership, integration into parliamentary work, and integration into voting patterns. The article uses data from the VoteWatch.eu website on MEPs’ activities and voting between the years 2004-2011, as well as data from official documents of the European Parliament and its political groups. Analysis of the data reveals that the new member states’ MEPs were significantly under-represented in parliamentary leadership and key legislative activities, despite the fact that their voting loyalty to their political groups was greater than that of their colleagues from older member states.

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Hokovský, R. (2012). The Integration of MEPs from Central and Eastern Europe into the European Parliament. Středoevropské politické studie, 14(1), 35-54. Získáno z https://journals.muni.cz/cepsr/article/view/4573

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European Parliament; Enlargement; Integration; New MEPs;

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