CHECKING PRIVILEGE: Do MEPs reflect the diversity of the EU?
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People from across Europe are elected every five years to the European Parliament, but these MEPs do not represent all citizens of the EU on an equal footing.

Out of the 705 MEPs from 27 member states, who is missing out?

We found groups including the youth and disabled were significantly underrepresented, and though there are improvements in gender balance, there is still a way to go before equality.

This cross-border data-based investigation was undertaken with the European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet).

As well as Noteworthy, seven other journalists from five other outlets across Europe participated in this project. These were SWR and DW in Germany, OBCT in Italy, El Orden Mundial in Spain and DennĂ­k N in Slovakia.

Read our full investigation findings here


Over the course the project, the team collated and analysed data on every MEP. We also compiled comparable statistics for the overall EU population.

The investigation team spoke to numerous experts across Europe about our findings which focused on gender, disability, age and education.

Noteworthy produced two articles as part of this series. The first found young MEPs are few and far between - and that's not likely to change soon. The second showed how the European Parliament fails to reflect the diversity of the EU, with a focus on disability and gender.

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