Michal Šimečka was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament. The Slovak MEP from the PS received 494 votes in the second round of elections and will be the first Slovak in this position.
In the first round, Šimeček lacked 15 votes, in the second he managed to win a majority. He had the most votes among the 9 candidates who were in the 2nd round.
Šimečka, who is the vice-president of Progressive Slovakia, declared after the election that he would continue to be active in Slovak politics. According to him, the election proves that even small states can be equal partners of larger member states.
In addition to him, he also elected two other candidates from the Renew Europe faction – the Czech Republic Dita Charanzová and the German Nicola Beerová.
The Slovak MEP will be the Vice-President until the end of the term of the current European Parliament in July 2024.
The European Parliament has 14 Vice-Presidents who hold plenary sessions in the absence of the President. In addition, at the request of the President, they may represent Parliament at official events.
MEPs also elected a new president of the European Parliament on Tuesday. She became Maltese politician Roberta Metsolová from the European People’s Party.