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Some, such as former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, have also noted that turnout in the 1999 election was higher than the previous US presidential election.
As of 2011 reforms by Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff are being considered by Parliament, which are seen as the most significant overhaul of the electoral system since elections began.
This was taken as the parliament's cue to have its parties run with candidates for the President of the European Commission with the candidate of the winning party being proposed by the Council.
While no legal obligation exists to force the European Council to propose the candidate of the strongest party to the EP, it is assumed that the Council will have no other choice than to accept the voters' decision.
The two major parties are the centre-right European People's Party and the centre-left Party of European Socialists.
No change in this configuration can occur without the unanimous consent of all governments.
Most of the member states of the European Union elect their MEPs with a single constituency covering the entire state, using party-list proportional representation.
A region with high turnout will result in more votes for the parties there, which will result in a greater number of MEPs elected for that region.