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Map showing the number of Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament from each EU member state (2004 and 2007).      Five      Four      Three      Two      None

There are fourteen Vice Presidents of the European Parliament who are elected following the voting for the President of the European Parliament (which currently takes place every two years, though is only required every four). Candidates tend to be unopposed as the positions are divided between the parties by agreement beforehand.

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. The top three (first elected) vice presidents traditionally have more power than the others; the right to be on the conciliation committee.[1]

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


6th parliament

30 July 2004 to 16 January 2007

Elected (unopposed) in order of precedence;

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
16 January 2007 to 14 July 2009

Elected (unopposed) in order of precedence;[2]

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

14 July 2009 to present

Elected in order of precedence;[3]

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 NI[4]  United Kingdom 244
13 Rainer Wieland EPP  Germany 237
14 Silvana Koch-Mehrin ALDE  Germany 186


  1. ^ a b New European Conservatives group in disarray over renegade MEP, ANDREW WILLIS 14.07.2009
  2. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2007)
  3. ^ European Parliament Press Release on election (2009)
  4. ^ Expelled from national party and ECR due to successfully challenging ECR candidate.

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