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Dolors MONTSERRAT (EPP, ES) has been elected by acclamation Chair of the Petitions Committee for the next two and a half years.

At its constitutive meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the Petitions Committee elected its bureau:

Chair: Dolors MONTSERRAT (EPP, ES) - elected by acclamation

First Vice-Chair: Tatjana ŽDANOKA (Greens/EFA, LV) - elected by acclamation

Second Vice-Chair: Yana TOOM (Renew Europe, EE) - elected by acclamation

Third Vice-Chair: Ryszard CZARNECKI (ECR, PL) - elected with 18 votes to 10

Fourth Vice-Chair: Cristina MAESTRE MARTÍN DE ALMAGRO (S&D, ES) - elected by acclamation

Main responsibilities of the bureau

In addition to presiding over committee and coordinator’s meetings, the Chair represents the committee both within and outside Parliament and presides over legislative negotiations led by the committee. They have authority over voting procedures and rules on the admissibility of amendments.

Vice-Chairs can replace the Committee Chair when necessary. They may also be invited to committee coordinator meetings in a consultative role. Like the Parliament’s Bureau, and taking into account the different circumstances that committee work represents, committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs are responsible for their respective committee’s smooth functioning. The bureau holds office for two and a half years.

Rules on the composition of the bureau

The process for the election of committee bureaus is defined in Rule 213 of the Rules of Procedure, according to which the 35 PETI full members can vote by acclamation or by secret ballot for each position, starting with the Chair. The complete list of PETI members (including substitutes) is available here.

The composition of the bureau must reflect the diversity of Parliament. 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.