European Parliament election, 1989 (Netherlands)

Last updated on 5 October 2017

The European Parliament election of 1989 in the Netherlands was the election of MEP representing Netherlands constituency for the 1989–1994 term of the European Parliament. It was part of the wider 1989 European election. It was held on 15 June 1989. Ten parties competed in a D'Hondt type election for 25 seats.

Netherlands European Parliament election, 1989
0.69% Increase
3.67% Increase
1.37% Increase
5.90%
5.95%
6.97%
309,060
311,990
365,535
0 Steady
1 Increase
0 Steady
1 / 25
1 / 25
2 / 25
NI
LDR
RBW
SGP/RPF/GPV
D66
Rainbow
Leen van der Waal
Jan-Willem Bertens
Herman Verbeek

5.30% Decrease
3.00% Decrease
4.58% Increase
13.63%
30.70%
34.60%
714,745
1,609,626
1,814,107
2 Decrease
0 Steady
1 Increase
3 / 25
8 / 25
10 / 25
LDR
SOC
EPP
VVD
PvdA
CDA
Gijs de Vries
Piet Dankert
Jean Penders
15 June 1989
Netherlands

25 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout 47.48%

Background

Combined lists

Several parties combined in one list to take part in this European Election and increase their chance on a seat in the European Parliament. These combined lists are:

  1. Rainbow of CPN and PSP, PPR
  2. SGP, RPF and GPV

Electoral alliances

No lists formed an electoral alliance

Voting right

All Dutch, everywhere in the world were granted voting rights this election. Except for the Dutch living in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, because they can vote for the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles. However, if the subject lived for 10 years or longer in the Netherlands they can still vote for the European Elections.

These people got right to vote in this fourth election for the European Parliament in 1989 in the Netherlands:[1]

  • Everyone who was allowed to vote in the Dutch parliament elections;
  • Dutch who are resident anywhere in the world and did not already have voting rights for the Dutch Parliament elections; (except for Dutch living in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, because they vote for the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles. Dutch from the Netherlands Antilles en Aruba are allowed to vote for European Elections if they lived for at least 10 years in the Netherlands.)
  • Subjects of one of the other Member States which have residence in the Netherlands. Provided that the state of which they are from granted the same.

Results

Dutch political parties

In the election the conservative liberal VVD loses seats to the progressive liberal D66, who return to the European parliament after a five-year absence. 47.48% of the Dutch population turned out on election day.

 Summary of the 15 June 1989 European Parliament election results in the Netherlands
1989
Lists Votes % Change Seats Change
National Party EU Party EP Group
Christian Democratic Appeal Christen-Democratisch Appèl EPP 1,814,107 34.60 4.58 Increase
10 / 25
1 Increase
Labour Party Partij van de Arbeid SOC 1,609,626 30.70 3.00 Decrease
8 / 25
0 Steady
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie LDR 714,745 13.63 5.30 Decrease
3 / 25
2 Decrease
Rainbow Regenboog EGC RBW 365,535 6.97 1.37 Increase
2 / 25
0 Steady
Democrats 66 Democraten 66 LDR 311,990 5.95 3.67 Increase
1 / 25
1 Increase
SGP/RPF/GPV none NI 309,060 5.90 0.69 Increase
1 / 25
0 Steady
Centre Democrats Centrum Democraten none 40,780 0.78 new
0 / 25
0 Steady
Socialist Party Socialistische Partij none 34,332 0.65 new
0 / 25
0 Steady
Initiative for European Democracy Initiatief voor Europese Democratie none 23,298 0.44 new
0 / 25
0 Steady
God With Us God Met Ons none 18,860 0.36 0.08 Decrease
0 / 25
0 Steady
Total valid votes 5,242,333 100 25 0 Steady
Blank and Invalid votes 28,041
Total votes 5,270,374
Electorate 11,099,133
Turnout 47.48
Source: [2]

European groups

 Summary of the 15 June 1989 European Parliament elections in the Netherlands
1989
European group Seats 1984 Seats 1989 Change
European People's Party EPP 9 10 1 Increase
Confederation of Socialist Parties SOC 8 8 0 Steady
Liberal and Democratic Reformist Group LDR 5 4 1 Decrease
Rainbow Group RBW 2 2 0 Steady
Non-Inscrits NI 1 1 0 Steady
25 25 0 Steady

Elected members

Below are the members elected in the 1989 European elections.

Christian Democratic Appeal

  1. Bouke Beumer
  2. Pam Cornelissen
  3. Jim Janssen van Raaij
  4. Hanja Maij-Weggen
  5. Ria Oomen-Ruijten
  6. Arie Oostlander
  7. Karla Peijs
  8. Jean Penders (top candidate)
  9. Jan Sonneveld
  10. Maxime Verhagen

Dutch Labour Party

  1. Hedy d'Ancona
  2. Piet Dankert (top candidate)
  3. Alman Metten
  4. Hemmo Muntingh
  5. Maartje van Putten
  6. Wim van Velzen
  7. Ben Visser
  8. Eisso Woltjer

People's Party for Freedom and Democracy

  1. Jessica Larive
  2. Gijs de Vries (top candidate)
  3. Florus Wijsenbeek

Rainbow of CPN, PSP and PPR

  1. Nel van Dijk (CPN)
  2. Herman Verbeek (PPR) (top candidate)

Democrats 66

  1. Jan-Willem Bertens (top candidate)

SGP, RPF and GPV

  1. Leen van der Waal (SGP) (top candidate)

MEPs period 1989–1994

Below is a complete list of members of the European Parliament for the period 1989–1994 as a result of this election.

 MEPs for the Netherlands elected to the 3rd European Parliament session
1989-1994
Name National party EP Group Period
Hedy d'Ancona      Labour Party      SOC 24 July 1984 – 7 November 1989
Jan-Willem Bertens      Democrats 66      LDR 24 July 1989 – 20 July 1999
Bouke Beumer      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 17 July 1979 – 19 July 1994
Mathilde van den Brink      Labour Party      SOC 20 November 1989 – 19 July 1994
Pam Cornelissen      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 24 July 1984 – 20 July 1999
Piet Dankert      Labour Party      SOC 17 July 1979 – 7 November 1989
Nel van Dijk      Rainbow of CPN, PSP and PPR      RBW January 1987 – 1 September 1998
Annemarie Goedmakers      Labour Party      SOC 20 November 1989 – 19 July 1994
Jim Janssen van Raaij      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP October 1986 – 20 July 1999
Jessica Larive      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      LDR 24 July 1984 – 20 July 1999
Hanja Maij-Weggen      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 17 July 1979 – 6 November 1989
Alman Metten      Labour Party      SOC 24 July 1984 – 20 July 1999
Hemmo Muntingh      Labour Party      SOC 17 July 1979 – 19 July 1994
Ria Oomen-Ruijten      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 25 July 1989 - 1 July 2014
Arie Oostlander      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 25 July 1989 – 20 July 2004
Karla Peijs      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 25 July 1989 – 27 May 2003
Jean Penders      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 17 July 1979 – 19 July 1994
Bartho Pronk      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 20 November 1989 – 20 July 2004
Maartje van Putten      Labour Party      SOC 25 July 1989 – 20 July 1999
Jan Sonneveld      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 25 July 1989 – 20 July 1999
Wim van Velzen      Labour Party      SOC 25 July 1989 – 20 July 1999
Herman Verbeek      Rainbow of CPN, PSP and PPR      RBW 25 July 1989 – 19 July 1994
Maxime Verhagen      Christian Democratic Appeal      EPP 25 July 1989 – 19 July 1994
Ben Visser      Labour Party      SOC 24 July 1984 – 19 July 1994
Gijs de Vries      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      LDR 24 July 1984 – 2 Augustus 1998
Leen van der Waal      Reformed Political Party      NI 24 July 1984 – 2 September 1997
Florus Wijsenbeek      People's Party for Freedom and Democracy      LDR 24 July 1984 – 20 July 1999
Eisso Woltjer      Labour Party      SOC 17 July 1979 – 19 July 1994
Source: [3]

References

  1. ^ Core data Dutch EP elections 2009 Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. in .pdf and Dutch
  2. ^ Election results since 1918 (Dutch)
  3. ^ Dutch MEPs Parlementair Documentatie Centrum

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