Parties in the European Council between July and December 2013

The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 July 2013.

Since 1 July 2013 the European Union have twenty-eight members. Croatia joined the Union, therefore forcing a change of the influence each member-state has, as well as its Qualified Majority Voting. This article describes the party affiliations of leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 2013. The list below gives the political party that each head of government, or head of state, belongs to at the national level, as well as the European political alliance to which that national party belongs. The states are listed from most to least populous. More populous states have greater influence in the council, in accordance with the system of Qualified Majority Voting.


Party 1 July 2013 10 July 2013 4 December 2013
European People's Party 13 169 13 169 12 165
Party of European Socialists 8 85 8 85 8 85
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists 2 41 1 29 1 29
Independent 3 40 4 52 4 52
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party 2 17 2 17 3 21

List of leaders (1 July 2013)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Angela Merkel CDU EPP
France 29 François Hollande PS PES
United Kingdom 29 David Cameron Con AECR
Italy 29 Enrico Letta PD Independent
Spain 27 Mariano Rajoy PP EPP
Poland 27 Donald Tusk PO EPP
Romania 14 Traian Băsescu Independent EPP
Netherlands 13 Mark Rutte VVD ALDE Party
Greece 12 Antonis Samaras ND EPP
Belgium 12 Elio Di Rupo PS PES
Portugal 12 Pedro Passos Coelho PPD/PSD EPP
Czech Republic 12 Petr Nečas ODS AECR
Hungary 12 Viktor Orbán Fidesz EPP
Sweden 10 Fredrik Reinfeldt M EPP
Austria 10 Werner Faymann SPÖ PES
Bulgaria 10 Plamen Oresharski Independent PES<ref group="a" name=="Oresharski PES">PES General Secretary Achim Post stated that; “the PES sends the warmest congratulations to the BSP on the formation of the new Government in Bulgaria. Plamen Oresharski becomes the tenth PES head of State or Government in the European Council" although not member of BSP. See the PES press release: "New Bulgarian Government will be one with an irreproachable sense of integrity, responsibility and urgency, says Sergei Stanishev".</ref>
Denmark 7 Helle Thorning-Schmidt A PES
Slovakia 7 Robert Fico SMER-SD PES
Finland 7 Jyrki Katainen Kok. EPP
Ireland 7 Enda Kenny FG EPP
Croatia 7 Zoran Milanović SDP PES
Lithuania 7 Dalia Grybauskaitė Independent
Slovenia 4 Alenka Bratušek PS Independent
Latvia 4 Valdis Dombrovskis V EPP
Estonia 4 Andrus Ansip RE ALDE Party
Cyprus 4 Nicos Anastasiades DISY EPP
Luxembourg 4 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP
Malta 3 Joseph Muscat PL PES

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Date Member-state Leader National party European party
10 July Czech Republic Jiří Rusnok Independent
4 December Luxembourg Xavier Bettel DP ALDE Party

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Date Member-state Leader National party European party

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