Distribution of seats on the Council of the City of Essen

Following the last local elections on 25 May 2014 11 parties are represented on the Council, namely the

  • SPD with 31 seats,
  • CDU with 28 seats,
  • Bündnis 90/Die Grünen with 10 seats,
  • DIE LINKE with 5 seats,
  • ESSENER BÜRGER BÜNDNIS with 4 seats,
  • FDP and AfD with 3 seats each,
  • Piraten and Pro NRW with 2 seats each,
  • NPD and DIE PARTEI with 1 seat each.

In keeping with its democratic procedures, the Council has accorded generous rights of participation to the small parties.

current distribution of seats

(September 2016)

  • SPD with 31 seats,
  • CDU with 28 seats,
  • Bündnis 90/Die Grünen with 9 seats,
  • ESSENER BÜRGER BÜNDNIS with 4 seats,
  • FDP with 4 seats
  • DIE LINKE with 5 seats,
  • PRO NRW group, BAL group, Schöner Links group and Piraten group with 2 seats each
  • and 5 members of the council without party affiliation

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