- Parties in the European Council during 2003
This article describes the party affiliations of the leaders of each member-state represented in the
European Councilduring the year 2003. The list below gives the political party that each head of government, or head of state, belonged to at the national level, as well as the European political alliance to which that national party belonged. The states are listed from most to least populous. More populous states have greater influence in the council, in accordance with the system of Qualified Majority Voting.
During the period in question there was a change of the governing party only in
Finland. In April Anneli Jäätteenmäkiof the Centre Party succeeded Paavo Lipponenof the Social Democrats as State Minister (prime minister of Finland). She remained in office only until June when she resigned in a corruption scandal. She was succeeded by Matti Vanhanenfrom her own party.
Change of office-holder only
Presidency of the Council of the European Union
* [http://consilium.europa.eu/ Council of the European Union] (official website)
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