European shares began Monday's session in positive territory, as an EU Parliament election showed Europhile parties still performing reasonably well despite a rise in support for nationalists.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was around 0.5% higher shortly after the opening bell, with all sectors and major bourses trading higher. Markets in the U.K. are closed on Monday due to a public holiday.
European investors will largely be focused on results of the EU parliamentary elections. Initial results suggested a strong showing for Liberal and Green parties, while euroskeptic groups in Britain and France holding the gains they saw in 2014.