The end of 2011 marks the middle of the legislative period in the European Parliament. From January on, the European Parliament will have a new President and possibly new Vice-Presidents.
The Greens/EFA Group today elected their new Bureau for the second part of the legislative period. The Bureau is the executive body of the Group made up of the two Co-Presidents and seven Vice-Presidents.
According to the Greens/EFA statutes, as regards the Bureau’s composition, at least half of the Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons posts shall be held by women.
Continuity has been the key word of this mid-term election with the Group re-electing Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms as Co-Presidents. Daniel Cohn-Bendit (France), is Co-President of the Group since 2002 and Member of the European Parliament since 1994. Rebecca Harms (Germany) is the Co-President of the Group since 2009 and Vice-President of the Greens/EFA Group since 2004.
Six of the seven vice-presidents of the Greens/EFA Group have also been re-elected :
- Jill Evans (Wales), President of the European Free Alliance, Member of the European Parliament since 1999.
- Reinhard Bütikofer (Germany), Vice-President and treasurer, MEP since 2009.
- Marije Cornelissen (Netherlands), Vice-President, MEP since 2009.
- Raül Romeva (Spain), Vice-President, MEP since 2004.
- Claude Turmes (Luxembourg), Vice-President, MEP since 1999.
- Emilie Turunen (Denmark), Vice-President, MEP since 2009.
- Michèle Rivasi (France), MEP since 2009 is the newly elected and seventh Greens/EFA Vice-President, replacing Eva Lichtenberger (Austria), MEP since 2004 who was not a candidate for the second-half of the term.