Approximately half of the EU member states currently have a threshold in place for European elections. On July 13, 2018, the European Council, with the approval of the European Parliament, agreed to introduce a mandatory threshold for all EU member states that allocate more than 35 seats in a constituency (in Germany, the entire country forms a constituency for European elections, with 96 seats being allocated).

No Threshold for the 2019 European Parliament Election

The absence of a threshold for the European Parliament election in 2019.

The European Parliament election is unique in that it does not have a threshold requirement for political parties to obtain seats. Unlike some national elections where parties need to surpass a certain percentage of votes to gain representation, the European Parliament allows for a more inclusive system.