Parties in the European Council during 1999

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The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 January 1999.

This article describes the party affiliations of the leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 1999. 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 January 1, 1999 12 July 1999
Party of European Socialists 10 59 10 59
European People's Party 3 15 2 10
Independent 2 13 2 13
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 0 0 1 5

List of leaders (1 January 1999)[]

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 Massimo D'Alema DS PES
Spain 8 José María Aznar PP EPP
Netherlands 5 Wim Kok PvdA PES
Greece 5 Costas Simitis PA.SO.K. PES
Belgium 5 Jean-Luc Dehaene CD&V EPP
Portugal 5 António Guterres PS PES
Sweden 4 Göran Persson SAP PES
Austria 4 Viktor Klima SPÖ PES
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
12 July Belgium Guy Verhofstadt VLD ELDR

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