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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.


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]


The vice-presidents are elected following the election of 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

Vice-presidents elected by country in 2004
30 July 2004 to 16 January 2007
Elected (unopposed) in order of precedence;
Members Group State
1 Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca EPP-ED Spain
2 Antonios Trakatellis EPP-ED Greece
3 Dagmar Roth-Behrendt PES Germany
4 Edward McMillan-Scott EPP-ED United Kingdom
5 Ingo Friedrich EPP-ED Germany
6 Mario Mauro EPP-ED Italy
7 António Costa PES Portugal
8 Luigi Cocilovo ALDE Italy
9 Jacek Saryusz-Wolski EPP-ED Poland
10 Pierre Moscovici PES France
11 Miroslav Ouzký EPP-ED Czech Republic
12 Janusz Onyszkiewicz ALDE Poland
13 Gérard Onesta Greens/EFA France
14 Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann EUL/NGL Germany
Vice-presidents elected by country in 2007
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 322
2 Alejo Vidal-Quadras EPP-ED Spain 300
3 Gérard Onesta Greens/EFA France 285
4 Edward McMillan-Scott EPP-ED United Kingdom 274
5 Mario Mauro EPP-ED Italy 262
6 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez PES Spain 260
7 Luigi Cocilovo ALDE Italy 234
8 Mechtild Rothe PES Germany 217
9 Luisa Morgantini GUE/NGL Italy 207
10 Pierre Moscovici PES France 207
11 Manuel António Dos Santos PES Portugal 193
12 Diana Wallis ALDE United Kingdom 192
13 Marek Siwiec PES Poland 180
14 Adam Bielan UEN Poland 128

7th parliament

Vice-presidents elected by country in 2009
14 July 2009 to 17 January 2012
Elected in order of precedence;[4]
Members Group State Votes
1 Giovanni Pittella S&D Italy 360
2 Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou EPP Greece 355
3 Stavros Lambrinidis S&D Greece 346
4 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez S&D Spain 327
5 Alejo Vidal-Quadras EPP Spain 308
6 Dagmar Roth-Behrendt S&D Germany 287
7 Libor Rouček S&D Czech Republic 278
8 Isabelle Durant Greens/EFA Belgium 276
9 Roberta Angelilli EPP Italy 274
10 Diana Wallis ALDE United Kingdom 272
11 Pál Schmitt EPP Hungary 257
12 Edward McMillan-Scott Non-attached[5] United Kingdom 244
13 Rainer Wieland EPP Germany 237
14 Silvana Koch-Mehrin ALDE Germany 186
Changes since election
Departed member Group State Date Reason Replacement Elected Group State
Pál Schmitt EPP Hungary 14 May 2010 Resigned due to becoming president of Hungary László Tőkés[6] May 2010 EPP Romania
Silvana Koch-Mehrin ALDE Germany 11 May 2011 Resigned due to doctorate plagiarism scandal Giles Chichester 6 July 2011 ECR UK
17 January 2012 to 1 July 2014
Elected in order of precedence;[7]
Members Group State Votes
1 Gianni Pittella S&D Italy 319
2 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez S&D Spain 295
3 Anni Podimata S&D Greece 281
4 Alejo Vidal-Quadras EPP Spain 269
5 Georgios Papastamkos EPP Greece 248
6 Roberta Angelilli EPP Italy 246
7 Othmar Karas EPP Austria 244
8 Edward McMillan-Scott ALDE United Kingdom 239
9 Isabelle Durant Greens/EFA Belgium 238
10 Alexander Alvaro ALDE Germany 235
11 Rainer Wieland EPP Germany 230
12 Oldřich Vlasák ECR Czech Republic 223
13 Jacek Protasiewicz EPP Poland 206
14 László Surján EPP Hungary 188

8th parliament

Elected on July 1, 2014.[8]

Members Group State Votes
1 Antonio Tajani EPP Italy 452, Round 1
2 Mairead McGuinness EPP Ireland 441, Round 1
3 Rainer Wieland EPP Germany 437, Round 1
4 Ramón Luis Valcárcel EPP Spain 406, Round 1
5 Ildikó Pelczné Gáll EPP Hungary 400, Round 1
6 Adina Vălean EPP Romania 394, Round 1
7 Corina Crețu S&D Romania 406, Round 2
8 Sylvie Guillaume S&D France 406, Round 2
9 David Sassoli S&D Italy 394, Round 2
10 Olli Rehn ALDE Finland 377, Round 3
11 Alexander Graf Lambsdorff ALDE Germany 365, Round 3
12 Ulrike Lunacek Greens/EFA Austria 319, Round 3
13 Dimitrios Papadimoulis GUE/NGL Greece 302, Round 3
14 Ryszard Czarnecki ECR Poland 284, Round 3


  1. ^ a b New European Conservatives group in disarray over renegade MEP, ANDREW WILLIS 14 July 2009
  2. ^
  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. ^
  7. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2012)
  8. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2014)

External links

  • Rules of Procedures, Rule 14: Election of Vice-presidents
  • Rules of Procedures, Rule 20: Duties of Vice-presidents
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