MembershipThe WEU Assembly currently comprises some 400 parliamentarians from the national parliaments of 37 European countries. These include all the EU member states (including the ten signatory states of the modified Brussels Treaty) and the European members of NATO as well as Russia, Ukraine and the Balkan states. Parliamentarians have different voting and participation rights depending on the category into which their delegations fall.
In recognition of the accession of a number of WEU associate member and associate partner countries to the EU and/or NATO, the Assembly has extended the voting rights of their parliamentary delegations and granted them “affiliate” status. While this falls short of full membership, it entitles them to vote in committee – and for affiliate members also in plenary – on the substantive texts (i.e. recommendations) that are submitted to the plenary session. Those countries’ status in the WEU governmental structures remains unchanged.
Parliamentarians from WEU observer countries and from other EU member states whose governments have full rights in the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), but no status in WEU, are now also entitled to vote in committee.
Affiliate associate partner delegations take part in all Assembly activities including committee meetings and plenary sessions, but do not vote on the texts. However, like the parliamentary representatives of the permanent guest and special guest countries, those parliamentarians may speak in plenary debates.
The 115 representatives (and an equal number of substitutes) from the ten signatory states of the modified Brussels Treaty have full rights.
Political groups: The members of the Assembly, who are either representatives or substitutes, may be affiliated to political groups of which there are currently three: the Federated Group of Christian Democrats and European Democrats, the Socialist Group and the Liberal Group.
pdf-document with the current membership of the Assembly, the committees and the Political Groups
Chart showing the current status of parliamentary delegations in the Assembly
Affiliate member countries:
18 representatives and 18 substitutes (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom)
12 representatives and 12 substitutes (Spain)
7 representatives and 7 substitutes (Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal)
3 representatives and 3 substitutes (Luxembourg)
Associate member countries:
12 representatives and 12 substitutes (Poland) 7 representatives and 7 substitutes (Czech Republic, Hungary)
5 representatives and 5 substitutes (Slovak Republic) 5 representatives and 5 substitutes (Slovak Republic) 3 representatives and 3 substitutes (Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia)
Affiliate associate member countries:
12 representatives and 12 substitutes (Turkey)
5 representatives and 5 substitutes (Norway)
3 representatives and 3 substitutes (Iceland)
Permanent observer countries:
10 representatives and 10 substitutes (Romania) 6 representatives and 6 substitutes (Bulgaria)
Affiliate permanent observer countries:
6 representatives and 6 substitutes (Austria, Sweden)
5 representatives and 5 substitutes (Denmark, Finland)
4 representatives and 4 substitutes (Ireland)
Affiliate associate partner country:
2 representatives and 2 substitutes (Cyprus, Malta)
2 representatives and 2 substitutes (Croatia)
Russian Federation, Ukraine
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