European Parliament

Low Profile MEP’s

With elections to the European Parliament coming in early June, the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports Wednesday on several Swedish MEP’s who seem to have been less than active legislators.

Lars Wohlin was originally a representative for the Euro sceptic party the June List, before switching to the Christian Democrats. According to the newspaper’s survey during his five years in Brussels and Strasbourg Wohlin has yet to write a single resolution. He has, however, taken part in debate 263 times.

Maria Robsahm was elected as a Liberal, but defected to the small Feminist Initiative, which received less than one percent of the votes to the last election to the Swedish Parliament.

According to “Dagens Nyheter” Robsahm has the lowest participation in the EU parliament of all the Swedish MEP’s. She’s only shown up for 57 percent of votes, and since her party defection in 2006, she’s only taken part in a handful of committee meetings.

The newspaper also reports that one leading MEP each from Sweden’s two largest parties, the conservative Moderates and the Social Democrats, have also had relatively low profiles in the EU parliament.

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