Committee members elected their new Chair on Monday, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the departure of the former British Chair, Lucy Nethsingha.

Adrián Vázquez Lázara (Renew, ES) was elected Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee by acclamation.

“The Legal Affairs Committee will play a key role in shaping legislation during this term. I am honoured to be elected Chair of this committee and I will put all my efforts into delivering the reforms and changes that European citizens are demanding from this Parliament. I want to thank all of my colleagues for the trust they have placed in me. I am looking forward to working closely with all the parliamentary groups with respect, dialogue and moderation, but also with the enthusiasm and ambition that have always been the pillars of the European project”, said Adrián Vázquez Lázara after his election.

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.

Like the Parliament’s Bureau (made up of the president, vice-presidents and quaestors), 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 25 JURI full members can vote by acclamation or by secret ballot. The distribution of seats and the composition of Parliament’s permanent committees have changed after Brexit. The updated list of members of the Legal Affairs committee is available here. You can consult our background note to find out more about the changes to the European Parliament after Brexit.