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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 1-5 July 2019

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MEPs express serious reservations on process to fill top EU posts
Plenary session | Today

Many MEPs are critical of how candidates for EU top posts have been chosen, in disregard to the lead candidate process

The debate on Thursday, the first of the 9th legislature, focussed on the outcome of the European Council summit held earlier this week. The leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament also used the occasion to highlight the groups' political priorities for the years ahead.

Leaders of most groups expressed strong reservations on the European Council's actions and decisions over the last few days. They particularly regretted the disregard shown to the Spitzenkandidaten process and the over-reach by heads of state in deciding the next President of the European Central Bank and in proposing Commission Vice-Presidents. The lack of representation of Eastern European countries, and the excessive role played in the whole process by leaders of member states who fail to respect the rule of law was also highlighted.

EP Quaestors elected, Parliament Bureau complete
Plenary session | Today

The five new Quaestors for the first two and a half years of the 9th legislative term were elected by acclamation in Strasbourg on Thursday morning.

The new European Parliament Vice-Presidents
Plenary session | Yesterday

On Wednesday, all 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in three rounds of voting for a two-and-a-half year term.

Parliament's committee membership determined

On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the size of Parliament's 20 committees and two sub-committees. Their composition was confirmed by political groups later on the same day.

David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament
Plenary session | Yesterday

MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round.

David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. As an Italian MEP since 2009, he was re-elected on a Partito Democratico list in Central Italy in May 2019 for a third term. He will lead Parliament until January 2022.

Constitution of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament
Plenary session | 02-07-2019

The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg at 10.00 by outgoing President Antonio Tajani.

Following direct elections across 28 member states on 23 - 26 May, in which 51% of voters cast a ballot to choose their representatives, the new European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg. There is a higher percentage turnover than ever before (61% new MEPs) and a higher percentage of female MEPs than in the past (40%), compared to 37% in 2014.

The youngest MEP is Kira Marie Peter-Hansen from Denmark (21) and the oldest is Silvio Berlusconi from Italy (82).

The new parliament is composed of seven political groups - one less than the previous legislature. All MEPs who have not joined a political group are listed as non-aligned, but can decide at any stage to join a group. Since 2009, according to Parliament's rules of procedure, a political group shall consist of at least 25 Members elected in at least seven member states.

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