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Marie Arena will serve as Chair of Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) for the coming two and a half years. She was elected by acclamation by Subcommittee members on Wednesday.

“I would like to express my thanks to all of you for your trust in electing me as Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights”, Ms Arena said after the vote.

“You can count on my determination and engagement in conducting the Subcommittee’s work in an open and cooperative manner. Our objective is to ensure that EU global actions are guided by the same principles that inspired its creation, namely, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Together we should be vigilant in guaranteeing that human rights is at the heart of the EU’s external actions, including its policies, instruments and programmes”, she added.

MEPs also elected the four Vice-Chairs that will form, together with Marie Arena, the Subcommittee’s bureau:

Ms Irina Von Wiese (Renew Europe, UK) will be first Vice-Chair,

Ms Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA, DE) will be second Vice-Chair,

Ms Karoline Edtstadler (EPP, AT) will be third Vice-Chair, and

Mr Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D, FR) will be fourth Vice-Chair.

Rules for the election

According to the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament (Rule 213), the number of Vice-Chairs is determined by Parliament upon a proposal by the Conference of Presidents. The diversity of Parliament must be reflected in the composition of the bureau of each committee or subcommittee. It is not possible, for example, to have an all male or all female bureau or for all of the Vice-Chairs to come from the same Member State.

Coordinators are designated by political groups (Rule 214). If necessary, the committee Chair can convene a meeting of the coordinators to prepare decisions to be taken by the committee or subcommittee, in particular decisions on procedure and on the appointment of rapporteurs.