Italian Islands (European Parliament constituency)
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Location among the 2007 constituencies
Shown in Italy in red
As the other Italian constituencies, it has only a procedural goal to choose the elected MEPs inside party lists, the distribution of seats between different parties being calculated at national level (called Collegio Unico Nazionale, National Single Constituency).
Critics of the European Parliament's electoral system
Due to the population difference between the island elected MEPs of this constituency usually come from Sicily exclusively, leaving Sardinia without representatives. This was the case for this constituency from 2004 to 2009. Critics of the European Parliament's electoral system have compared this constituency with Malta, an island with less than ten percent of the population of this polity that has an equal number of MEPs.