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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Martin Schulz, new president of the EP

Martin Schulz, will be the new European Parliament president until the beginning of the next legislature in July 2014. He has been elected with 387 votes in favour out of 670 cast. Martin Schulz (S&D, Germany) replaces the outgoing President Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland). Parliament's standing committees will elect their Chairs and Vice-Chairs during the week starting on Monday 23 January.
Schulz, who was elected to the EP in 1994, has served on a number of committees, including the sub-committee on Human Rights and the Civil Liberties Committee. He led the German delegation of the Socialist group (SPD members) from 2000 and was also a vice-chair of the Socialist Group in the EP. He was elected group leader in 2004, a position held until he was elected EP president. Since 2009, Schulz has also acted as representative for European Affairs for Germany’s SPD party and his views have deeply influenced his party’s pro-European politics.
Next week, Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Parliament's standing committees will be elected. Parliament's inter-parliamentary delegations will do likewise.

Source: European Parliament