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Political group meetings will be taking place in Brussels in preparation for the 14-17 July plenary session in Strasbourg and the election of the new President of the European Commission. The constitutive meetings of Parliament's committees are also taking place.
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EU policy making must heed the call for change made in the European elections, said most MEPs’ group leaders in Wednesday’s debate on the outcome of the 26-27 June EU summit. Heads of state were criticised for their “business as usual” attitude at the summit in this, the first debate of the 8th legislature, in the presence of European Council and Commission Presidents Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso.
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MEPs elected Martin Schulz as the new president of the European Parliament. Ireland’s Mairead McGuinness Fine Gael, (EPP) is one of the 14 vice-presidents also elected on Tuesday. Five quaestors, responsible for administrative and financial matters, will be elected on Wednesday 3 July. The president, 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors - together known as the bureau - are all elected for a period of two-and-a-half years.
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MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot. Mr Schulz is the first President in the history of the European Parliament to be re-elected for a second two and a half year term.
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Closing the urn: election of the EP President
Before the newly elected Parliament's members casted their votes by secret ballot on Tuesday, 1 July to designate the new President of the House for a two year and a half year term, the four candidates each made a short statement.
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