Parties in the European Council during 2001

The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 January 2001.

This article describes the party affiliations of the leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 2001. The list below gives the political party that each head of government, or head of state, belonged to at the national level, as well as the European political alliance to which that national party belonged. 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 January 2001 11 June 2001 27 November 2001 6 December 2001
Party of European Socialists 8 45 8 45 7 42 7 42
Independent 3 23 2 13 2 13 1 3
European People's Party 3 14 4 24 4 24 5 34
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 1 5 1 5 2 8 2 8

List of leaders (1 January 2001)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 10 Gerhard Schröder SPD PES
France 10 Jacques Chirac RPR Independent
United Kingdom 10 Tony Blair Lab PES
Italy 10 Giuliano Amato Independent
Spain 8 José María Aznar PP EPP
Netherlands 5 Wim Kok PvdA PES
Greece 5 Costas Simitis PA.SO.K. PES
Belgium 5 Guy Verhofstadt VLD ELDR
Portugal 5 António Guterres PS PES
Sweden 4 Göran Persson SAP PES
Austria 4 Wolfgang Schüssel ÖVP EPP
Denmark 3 Poul Nyrup Rasmussen A PES
Finland 3 Paavo Lipponen SDP PES
Ireland 3 Bertie Ahern FF Independent
Luxembourg 2 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP



Date Member-state Leader National party European party
11 June Italy Silvio Berlusconi FI EPP
27 November Denmark Anders Fogh Rasmussen V ELDR
6 December France Jacques Chirac RPR EPP

^ Rally for the Republic, which held office under Jacques Chirac, became an EPP member.

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