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Future distribution of EP seats among EU Member States

On 12 October, the European Parliament adopted a report proposing a new allocation of seats between Member States after the next elections in 2009.

It is now for the Member States to decide whether to accept Parliament's proposal alongside the Reform Treaty. MEPs are also calling for a revision of the proposed distribution of seats in time for the 2014-2019 parliamentary term.

At their June 2007 summit, EU heads of state and government asked the European Parliament to table a proposal by October this year for the redistribution of its seats. This redistribution is needed because the summit decided to raise the number of seats, as laid down in the amended Nice Treaty, from 736 to 750. (See votes) (EP Press)