Parliament’s top jobs at a glance

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All boxes of the European Parliament’s complex power-sharing puzzle have now been ticked, after last week’s appointment of Slovak conservative Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová as chairwomen of the Social Affairs Committee.

As the newly elected MEPs are gearing up for the first week of intense work at the Parliament, which is, coincidently, also the last one before the summer break, EURACTIV brings you all chairs of the Parliament’s 22 committees at a glance.

The Committees’ week will start on Monday (22 July) with the meeting of Budgets (BUDG), Economic Affairs (ECON) and Culture (CULT) committees, starting from 3 pm. The latter should also elect its 3rd and the 4th vice-chairs.

There are still some political knots to untangle and high-level roles to assign. Three committees, Foreign Affairs (AFET), Regional Development (REGI) and Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), have yet to elect almost the entire Bureau.

Indeed, at their constitutive meetings, they decided to not proceed further for the risk of not appointing enough women, as Rule 213 of Parliaments’ Rules of Procedure explicitly forbids to have an all-male or all-female bureau.

But it also still an open the race for the third vice-chairs of Agriculture (AGRI) and Justice (LIBE) committees, which should go to candidates from two controversial parties, Hungarian Fidesz and Spanish Vox, both considered worthy of a cordon sanitaire by some political groups.

David McAllister

McAllister was chairman of AFET in the last legislative term. He is a member of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and vice president of Europe’s people party

1st Vice-Chair Witold Jan Waszcykowski (ECR, PL)

2nd, 3rd and 4th Vice-Chairs will be elected at a forthcoming meeting

Maria Arena

Arena is the former minister-president of the French community of Belgium. She was MEP in INTA and FEMM in her first mandate (2014-2019)

1st Vice-Chair: Irina Von Wiese (Renew Europe, UK)

2nd Vice-Chair: Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA, DE)

3rd Vice-Chair: Karoline Edtstadler (EPP, AT)

4th Vice-Chair: Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D, FR)

Nathalie Loiseau

Loiseau is the former director of the French École nationale d’administration (ENA). She was the top candidate of La République En Marche during the 2019 EU elections

1st Vice-Chair: Nikos Androulakis (S&D, EL)

2nd Vice-Chair: Kinga Gál (EPP, HU)

3rd Vice-Chair: Özlem Demirel (GUE/NGL, DE)

4th Vice-Chair: Lukas Mandl (EPP, AT)

Tomas Tobé

Tobé is the former party secretary of the Swedish Moderate Party. After, he was appointed chairman of Swedish Parliament’s Committee on Employment and on Education.

1st Vice-Chair: Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana (Greens/EFA, DE)

2nd Vice-Chair: Norbert Neuser (S&D, DE)

3rd Vice-Chair: Chrysoula Zacharopoulou (Renew Europe, FR)

4th Vice-Chair: Erik Marquardt (Greens/EFA, DE)

Bernd Lange

Lange was chairman of INTA in the past legislative term and was the rapporteur for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

1st Vice-Chair: Jan Zahrdail (ECR, CZ)

2nd Vice-Chair: Iuliu Winkler (EPP, RO)

3rd Vice-Chair: Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (EPP, EL)

4th Vice-Chair: Marie-Pierre Vedrenne (Renew Europe, FR)

Johan Van Overtveldt

Van Overtveldt is a former Minister of Finance of Belgium and journalist and chief editor for Trends and Knack. He is now a member of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA).

1st Vice-Chair: Janusz Lewandowski (EPP, PL)

2nd Vice-Chair: Olivier Chastel (Renew Europe, BE)

3rd Vice-Chair: Margarida Marques (S&D, PT)

4th Vice-Chair: Niclas Herbst (EPP, DE)

Monika Hohlmeier

Hohlmeier is the former Bavarian state minister for education and cultural affairs. She is a member of the German Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian branch of CDU.

1st Vice-Chair: Isabel García-Muñoz (S&D, ES)

2nd Vice-Chair: Caterina Chinnici (S&D, IT)

3rd Vice-Chair: Martina Dlabajová (Renew Europe, CZ)

4th Vice-Chair: Tamás Deutsch (EPP, HU)

Roberto Gualtieri

Gualtieri has a doctorate in contemporary history and has published several books on Italian history and European integration. He is also the outgoing chairman of ECON.

1st Vice-Chair: Luděk Niedermayer (EPP, CZ)

2nd Vice-Chair: Stephanie Yon-Courtin (Renew Europe, FR)

3rd Vice-Chair: Derk Jan Eppink (ECR, NL)

4th Vice-Chair: José Gusmão (GUE/NGL, PT)

Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová

Lucia Nicholsonová has a background in journalism and she was former Slovak State Secretary and Social Affairs Minister.

1st Vice-Chair: Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D, LT)

2nd Vice-Chair: Sandra Pereira (GUE/NGL, PT)

3rd Vice-Chair: Tomáš Zdechovský (EPP, CZ)

4th Vice-Chair: Katrin Langensiepen (Greens/EFA, DE)

Pascal Canfin

Canfin is the former head of the French WWF branch. He is also the former minister for development for France.

1st Vice-Chair: Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, NL)

2nd Vice-Chair: Seb Dance (S&D, UK)

3rd Vice-Chair: Cristian-Silviu Bușoi (EPP, RO)

4th Vice-Chair: Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, NL)

Adina-Ioana Vălean

Valean is former chairwoman of ENVI committee. She is a current member of the Romanian National Liberal Party.

1st Vice-Chair: Zdzisław Krasnodebski (ECR, PL)

2nd Vice-Chair: Morten Petersen, (RE, DK)

3rd Vice-Chair: Patrizia Toia (S&D, IT)

4th Vice-Chair: Lina Galvez Muñoz (S&D, ES)

Petra de Sutter

de Sutter was a professor of gynaecology from Ghent University. She was also head of the university’s department of reproductive medicine.

1st Vice-Chair: Pierre Karleskind (Renew Europe, FR)

2nd Vice-Chair: Maria Grapini (S&D, RO)

3rd Vice-Chair: Róża Thun (EPP, PL)

4th Vice-Chair: Maria Manuel Leitão Marques (S&D, PT)

Karima Delli

Delli is a former member of EMPL before she joined TRAN as its president. She was also the vice-chair of the Volkswagen emission scandal inquiry.

1st Vice-Chair: Johan Danielsson (S&D, SE)

2nd Vice-Chair: Sven Schulze (EPP, DE)

3rd Vice-Chair: István Ujhelyi (S&D, HU)

4th Vice-Chair: Jan-Cristoph Oetjen (Renew Europe, DE)

Norbert Lins

Lins is a member of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He has been a member of the ENVI committee before joining AGRI in 2017.

1st Vice-Chair: Francisco Guerreiro (Greens/EFA, PT)

2nd Vice-Chair: Daniel Buda (EPP, RO)

The 3rd and 4th Vice-Chairs will be elected in a forthcoming meeting

Chris Davies

Davies won a parliamentarian of the year award for his work to promote sustainable fishing. He was also the rapporteur for the Carbon Capture.

1st Vice-Chair: Peter van Dalen (EPP, NL)

2nd Vice-Chair: Søren Gade (Renew Europe, DK)

3rd Vice-Chair: Giuseppe Ferrandino (S&D, IT)

4th Vice-Chair: Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (EPP, PT)

Sabine Verheyen

Verheyen is a member of CULT, serving as the coordinator for the EPP. She was also the rapporteur for the directive to introduce levies and cultural quotas to Netflix.

1st Vice-Chair: Romeo Franz (Greens/EFA, DE)

2nd Vice-Chair: Dace Melbārde (ECR, LV)

The 3rd and 4th Vice-Chairs will be elected in a forthcoming meeting

Lucy Nethsingha

Nethsingha is the leader of UK’s LibDem group on Cambridgeshire County Council. Her professional background is in teaching and she has a Master’s degree in Education and Psychology.

1st Vice-Chair: Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE)

2nd Vice-Chair: Marion Walsmann (EPP, DE)

3rd Vice-Chair: Ibán Garcia del Blanco (S&D, ES)

4th Vice-Chair: Raffaele Stancanelli (ECR, IT)

Juan Fernando López Aguilar

Aguilar is the former minister of justice for Spain. He is also a member of the Parliament’s intergroup on integrity which handles transparency, anti-corruption and organized crime.

1st Vice-Chair: Maite Pagazaurtundua (Renew Europe, ES)

2nd Vice-Chair: Pietro Bartolo (S&D, IT)

4th Vice-Chair: Emil Radev (EPP, BG)

The 3rd Vice-Chair will be elected in a forthcoming meeting

Antonio Tajani

Tajani is the former president of the European Parliament. He has a masters in law, was the commissioner for transport, for industry and entrepreneurship.

1st Vice-Chair: Gabriele Bischoff (S&D, DE)

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Vice-Chairs will be elected at a forthcoming meeting

Evelyn Regner

Regner was the vice-chairwoman of JURI, a substitute member for EMPL and a subsitute member for FEMM.

1st Vice-Chair: Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (GUE/NGL, ES)

2nd Vice-Chair: Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens/EFA, FR)

3rd Vice-Chair: Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi (EEP, EL)

4th Vice-Chair: Mr Robert Biedroń (S&D,  PL)

Dolors Montserrat

Monserrat is a lawyer and former minister of health for Spain.

1st Vice-Chair: Tatjana Ždanoka (Greens/EFA, LV)

2nd Vice-Chair: Yana Toom (Renew Europe, EE)

3rd Vice-Chair: Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, PL)

4th Vice-Chair: Cristina Maestre Martín de Almagro

Younous Omarjee

Omarjee is a Reunionese politician and an elected member of the electoral group Alliance of the Overseas.

1st Vice-Chair: Mr Krzysztof Hetman (EPP, PL)

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Vice-Chairs will be elected at a forthcoming meeting


[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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