RIGA - In next year's European Parliament (EP) elections, 12 countries will be allocated 15 additional seats, including Latvia, which will elect one more MEP, as the EP press secretary in Latvia Janis Krastins told LETA.
Latvia is currently represented in the EP by eight MEPs, but after the 2024 elections Latvia will have nine MEPs.
One additional seat in the EP has been allocated to Latvia, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Ireland and Slovenia, and two additional seats to France, Spain and the Netherlands.
MEPs have endorsed the European Council's decision to increase the number of seats in the European Parliament from 705 to 720 for the next EP elections.
The European Council's proposal was based on demographic changes in the European Union since the 2019 elections.
515 MEPs voted for the proposal, 74 voted against and 44 abstained. The 2024 elections will be held June 6 to 9.