EL Executive Board meeting after the elections
The Executive Board of the European Left met in an extraordinary session on Friday, 12 June, mainly to analyse the results of the European elections and discuss ways of cooperation in the new political setting.
Several member and observer parties of the European Left came out ahead with great success, such as the Portuguese Bloco de Esquerda (3 seats), the French Communist Party as part of Front de Gauche (5 seats), the Cypriot party AKEL (2 seats), the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (4 seats), and Germany's DIE LINKE (8 seats). Also SYRIZA (Greece) and Izquierda Unida-ICV-EUiA (Spain) gathered seats in the next EP's GUE/NGL group.
"However, the results of the left parties in the European elections as a whole are not a success" remarked Lothar Bisky, EL chairman, in his opening speech. "The new GUE/NGL group will count up to nine members less than in 2004-2009. The first overview of the results shows: The split of the Left leads to losses in the elections." Referring to the defeat of the Italian Left also in the press conference, Lothar Bisky underlined the necessity to continue the way of a close cooperation of the Left.
The common electoral platform was a fruitful beginning and an important step for the development of the EL policies. In order to achieve the aims described in the platform, the European Left is striving for a broad left wing group in the European Parliament and will be open to cooperation with all those who share the ideas of a social, ecologically sustainable, more democratic and peaceful Europe.