Vice President of the European Parliament

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There are fourteen Vice Presidents of the European Parliament who sit in for the President in presiding over the plenary of the European Parliament.

Role[edit]

Vice Presidents are members of the Bureau and chair the plenary when the President is not in the chair. The President may also delegate any duty, task or power to one of the Vice-Presidents. Three vice presidents, designated by the Conference of Presidents, traditionally have more power than the others; the right to be on the conciliation committee.[1]

Election[edit]

The Vice Presidents are elected following the voting for the President, which takes place every two and a half years.[2]

There tends to be an agreement dividing up the 14 posts between the groups, and thus they are usually elected without formal opposition. However, in 2009 Edward McMillan-Scott, through the individual support of 40 MEPs, successfully challenged his group's (the European Conservatives and Reformists) formal candidate; Michał Kamiński. Having been elected and prevented the election of Kaminski, McMillan-Scott was expelled from the ECR and Kaminski gained the group chair.[1]

6th parliament[edit]

Vice Presidents elected by country in 2004
  Three
  Two
  One
  None
30 July 2004 to 16 January 2007

Elected (unopposed) in order of precedence;

Members Group State
1 Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca EPP-ED Spain Spain
2 Antonios Trakatellis EPP-ED Greece Greece
3 Dagmar Roth-Behrendt PES Germany Germany
4 Edward McMillan-Scott EPP-ED United Kingdom United Kingdom
5 Ingo Friedrich EPP-ED Germany Germany
6 Mario Mauro EPP-ED Italy Italy
7 António Costa PES Portugal Portugal
8 Luigi Cocilovo ALDE Italy Italy
9 Jacek Saryusz-Wolski EPP-ED Poland Poland
10 Pierre Moscovici PES France France
11 Miroslav Ouzký EPP-ED Czech Republic Czech Republic
12 Janusz Onyszkiewicz ALDE Poland Poland
13 Gérard Onesta Greens/EFA France France
14 Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann EUL/NGL Germany Germany
Vice Presidents elected by country in 2007
  Three
  Two
  One
  None
16 January 2007 to 14 July 2009

Elected (unopposed) in order of precedence;[3]

Members Group State Votes
1 Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou EPP-ED Greece Greece 322
2 Alejo Vidal-Quadras EPP-ED Spain Spain 300
3 Gérard Onesta Greens/EFA France France 285
4 Edward McMillan-Scott EPP-ED United Kingdom United Kingdom 274
5 Mario Mauro EPP-ED Italy Italy 262
6 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez PES Spain Spain 260
7 Luigi Cocilovo ALDE Italy Italy 234
8 Mechtild Rothe PES Germany Germany 217
9 Luisa Morgantini GUE/NGL Italy Italy 207
10 Pierre Moscovici PES France France 207
11 Manuel António Dos Santos PES Portugal Portugal 193
12 Diana Wallis ALDE United Kingdom United Kingdom 192
13 Marek Siwiec PES Poland Poland 180
14 Adam Bielan UEN Poland Poland 128


7th parliament[edit]

Vice Presidents elected by country in 2009
  Three
  Two
  One
  None
14 July 2009 to 17 January 2012

Elected in order of precedence;[4]

Members Group State Votes
1 Giovanni Pittella S&D Italy Italy 360
2 Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou EPP Greece Greece 355
3 Stavros Lambrinidis S&D Greece Greece 346
4 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez S&D Spain Spain 327
5 Alejo Vidal-Quadras EPP Spain Spain 308
6 Dagmar Roth-Behrendt S&D Germany Germany 287
7 Libor Rouček S&D Czech Republic Czech Republic 278
8 Isabelle Durant Greens/EFA Belgium Belgium 276
9 Roberta Angelilli EPP Italy Italy 274
10 Diana Wallis ALDE United Kingdom United Kingdom 272
11 Pál Schmitt EPP Hungary Hungary 257
12 Edward McMillan-Scott Non-attached[5] United Kingdom United Kingdom 244
13 Rainer Wieland EPP Germany Germany 237
14 Silvana Koch-Mehrin ALDE Germany Germany 186
Changes since election
Departed member Group State Date Reason Replacement Elected Group State
Pál Schmitt EPP Hungary Hungary 14 May 2010 Resigned due to becoming President of Hungary László Tőkés[6] May 2010 EPP Romania Romania
Silvana Koch-Mehrin ALDE Germany Germany 11 May 2011 Resigned due to doctorate plagiarism scandal Giles Chichester 6 July 2011 ECR United Kingdom UK
17 January 2012 to present

Elected in order of precedence;[7]

Members Group State Votes
1 Gianni Pittella S&D Italy Italy 319
2 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez S&D Spain Spain 295
3 Anni Podimata S&D Greece Greece 281
4 Alejo Vidal-Quadras EPP Spain Spain 269
5 Georgios Papastamkos EPP Greece Greece 248
6 Roberta Angelilli EPP Italy Italy 246
7 Othmar Karas EPP Austria Austria 244
8 Edward McMillan-Scott ALDE United Kingdom United Kingdom 239
9 Isabelle Durant Greens/EFA Belgium Belgium 238
10 Alexander Alvaro ALDE Germany Germany 235
11 Rainer Wieland EPP Germany Germany 230
12 Oldřich Vlasák ECR Czech Republic Czech Republic 223
13 Jacek Protasiewicz EPP Poland Poland 206
14 László Surján EPP Hungary Hungary 188

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New European Conservatives group in disarray over renegade MEP, ANDREW WILLIS 14 July 2009
  2. ^ http://www.euparliament.eu/european-organisation
  3. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2007)
  4. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2009)
  5. ^ Was elected with the British Conservatives and sat with ECR. However successfully stood against ECR's official candidate and was expelled. Although he joined the Liberal Democrats in the UK, he sits as a Non-attached Member in the European Parliament.
  6. ^ http://wireupdate.com/local/european-parliament-elects-laszlo-tokes-as-vice-president/
  7. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2012)

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