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

Further information: 6th European Parliament
Vice-presidents elected by country in 2004
30 July 2004 to 16 January 2007

Elected (unopposed) in order of precedence;

Members Group State
1Alejo Vidal-Quadras RocaEPP-EDSpain Spain
2Antonios TrakatellisEPP-EDGreece Greece
3Dagmar Roth-BehrendtPESGermany Germany
4Edward McMillan-ScottEPP-EDUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
5Ingo FriedrichEPP-EDGermany Germany
6Mario MauroEPP-EDItaly Italy
7António CostaPESPortugal Portugal
8Luigi CocilovoALDEItaly Italy
9Jacek Saryusz-WolskiEPP-EDPoland Poland
10Pierre MoscoviciPESFrance France
11Miroslav OuzkýEPP-EDCzech Republic Czech Republic
12Janusz OnyszkiewiczALDEPoland Poland
13Gérard OnestaGreens/EFAFrance France
14Sylvia-Yvonne KaufmannEUL/NGLGermany 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
1Rodi Kratsa-TsagaropoulouEPP-EDGreece Greece322
2Alejo Vidal-QuadrasEPP-EDSpain Spain300
3Gérard OnestaGreens/EFAFrance France285
4Edward McMillan-ScottEPP-EDUnited Kingdom United Kingdom274
5Mario MauroEPP-EDItaly Italy262
6Miguel Angel Martínez MartínezPESSpain Spain260
7Luigi CocilovoALDEItaly Italy234
8Mechtild RothePESGermany Germany217
9Luisa MorgantiniGUE/NGLItaly Italy207
10Pierre MoscoviciPESFrance France207
11Manuel António Dos SantosPESPortugal Portugal193
12Diana WallisALDEUnited Kingdom United Kingdom192
13Marek SiwiecPESPoland Poland180
14Adam BielanUENPoland Poland128

7th parliament

Further information: 7th European 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
1Giovanni PittellaS&DItaly Italy360
2Rodi Kratsa-TsagaropoulouEPPGreece Greece355
3Stavros Lambrinidis S&DGreece Greece346
4Miguel Angel Martínez MartínezS&DSpain Spain327
5Alejo Vidal-QuadrasEPPSpain Spain308
6Dagmar Roth-BehrendtS&DGermany Germany287
7Libor RoučekS&DCzech Republic Czech Republic278
8Isabelle DurantGreens/EFABelgium Belgium276
9Roberta AngelilliEPPItaly Italy274
10Diana WallisALDEUnited Kingdom United Kingdom272
11Pál SchmittEPPHungary Hungary257
12Edward McMillan-ScottNon-attached[5]United Kingdom United Kingdom244
13Rainer WielandEPPGermany Germany237
14Silvana Koch-MehrinALDEGermany Germany186
Changes since election
Departed member Group State Date Reason Replacement Elected Group State
Pál SchmittEPPHungary Hungary14 May 2010Resigned due to becoming president of HungaryLászló Tőkés[6]May 2010EPPRomania Romania
Silvana Koch-MehrinALDEGermany Germany11 May 2011Resigned due to doctorate plagiarism scandalGiles Chichester6 July 2011ECRUnited Kingdom UK
17 January 2012 to 1 July 2014

Elected in order of precedence;[7]

Members Group State Votes
1Gianni PittellaS&DItaly Italy319
2Miguel Angel Martínez MartínezS&DSpain Spain295
3Anni PodimataS&DGreece Greece281
4Alejo Vidal-QuadrasEPPSpain Spain269
5Georgios PapastamkosEPPGreece Greece248
6Roberta AngelilliEPPItaly Italy246
7Othmar KarasEPPAustria Austria244
8Edward McMillan-ScottALDEUnited Kingdom United Kingdom239
9Isabelle DurantGreens/EFABelgium Belgium238
10Alexander AlvaroALDEGermany Germany235
11Rainer WielandEPPGermany Germany230
12Oldřich VlasákECRCzech Republic Czech Republic223
13Jacek ProtasiewiczEPPPoland Poland206
14László SurjánEPPHungary Hungary188

8th parliament

Further information: 8th European Parliament

Elected on July 1, 2014.[8]

Members Group State Votes
1Antonio TajaniEPPItaly Italy452, Round 1
2Mairead McGuinnessEPPRepublic of Ireland Ireland441, Round 1
3Rainer WielandEPPGermany Germany437, Round 1
4Ramón Luis ValcárcelEPPSpain Spain406, Round 1
5Ildikó Pelczné GállEPPHungary Hungary400, Round 1
6Adina VăleanEPPRomania Romania394, Round 1
7Corina CrețuS&DRomania Romania406, Round 2
8Sylvie GuillaumeS&DFrance France406, Round 2
9David SassoliS&DItaly Italy394, Round 2
10Olli RehnALDEFinland Finland377, Round 3
11Alexander Graf LambsdorffALDEGermany Germany365, Round 3
12Ulrike LunacekGreens/EFAAustria Austria319, Round 3
13Dimitrios PapadimoulisGUE/NGLGreece Greece302, Round 3
14Ryszard CzarneckiECRPoland Poland284, Round 3
Changes since election
Departed member Group State Date Replacement Elected Group State
Corina CrețuS&DRomania RomaniaOctober 2014Ioan Mircea PașcuNovember 2014S&DRomania Romania
Olli RehnALDEFinland FinlandMay 2015Anneli JäätteenmäkiMay 2015ALDEFinland Finland


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