random distribution of voluntary participation

To date I’ve had at least one conversation with forty-four Members of the European Parliament, several have spoken with me twice, and a small but growing number are even allowing me a third conversation about simultaneous interpretation (SI) in the EP.
Going into the final month (because this Parliamentary term comes to an end early as Members will turn all their energies toward campaigning), the demographics break out like this:

by country:

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    2 from Austria
    5 from Belgium
    1 from Bulgaria
    2 from Cyprus
    2 from Denmark
    1 from Estonia
    2 from Finland
    2 from France
    6 from Germany
    1 from Greece
    1 from Hungary
    1 from Italy
    1 from Latvia
    0 from Lithuania
    1 from Luxembourg
    0 from Malta
    1 from The Netherlands
    2 from Poland
    1 from Portugal
    5 from Romania
    0 from Slovakia
    0 from Slovenia
    1 from Spain
    4 from the UK (including 1 from Ireland)
    42 total Members (does not include assistants)

by political group:

    EPP-ED: 13
    PSE: 13
    ALDE: 9
    UEN: 2
    Greens: 2
    Confederals: 3
    Independence: 0
    Non-Attached: 0

by committee:
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    1 from AGRI
    3 from CONT
    3 from BUDG
    2 from LIBE
    1 from AFCO
    0 from CULT
    0 from DEVE
    3 from ECON
    3 from EMPL
    3 from ENVI
    4 from PECH
    6 from AFET
    1 from DROI
    5 from ITRE
    0 from IMRE
    0 from INTA
    2 from JURI
    1 from PETI
    6 from REGI
    2 from SEDE
    1 from CLIM
    3 from TRAN
    0 from FEMM

from Member’s websites; first listing –
in many cases Members were more invested (at the time we spoke)
in another committee, perhaps even
one in which they are officially listed as a “substitute.”

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by gender:

men: 33
women: 9
as of 2007, women composed 31.53%
of the Members
(print source)
here’s an online source (2004)

by age:

    3 aged 31-40
    7 aged 41-50
    15 aged 51-60
    16 aged 61-70
    1 aged 71-80

by years of experience in the European Parliament:

304 total of 41 MEPs for whom this is currently known
ranges from 1 year to more than twenty (22)
median = 10
average = 7 years
mode = 5 (14x)
2nd most frequent = 10 (6x)


1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 13, 14, 14, 15, 20, 20, 22

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