President of the European Parliament

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President of the European Parliament
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Incumbent
Roberta Metsola

since 18 January 2022
European Parliament
StylePresident[1]
StatusPresiding officer
Member ofEuropean Parliament
ResidenceLouise Weiss building
SeatStrasbourg, France
AppointerEuropean Parliament
Term length2.5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderPaul Henri Spaak / Robert Schuman[2]
Formation1952 / 1958[2]
DeputyVice-Presidents of the European Parliament
Websiteeuroparl.europa.eu

The President of the European Parliament is the head of the European Parliament. He or she also represents the Parliament within the EU and internationally. The President has to sign that EU laws and the EU budget can become valid.

Presidents serve two-and-a-half-year terms. This time is normally divided between the two major political parties of the European Parliament. There have been twenty-eight Presidents, since the Parliament was created in 1952. Thirteen of whom have served since the first Parliamentary election in 1979. Two Presidents have been women and most have come from the older member states.

List of Elected President of the European Parliament[change | change source]

N. Portrait President
(Born–Died)
State Took office Left office Party Group Refs
7 Mario Scelba (cropped).jpg Mario Scelba
(1901-1991)
 Italy 11 March 1969 9 March 1971 DC Christian Democrats
1 year, 363 days
8 Walter Behrendt (cropped).jpg Walter Behrendt
(1914-1997)
 Germany 9 March 1971 13 March 1973 SPD Socialists
2 years, 4 days
9 Cees Berkhouwer (cropped).jpg Cornelis Berkhouwer
(1919-1992)
 Netherlands 13 March 1973 13 March 1975 VVD Liberals
2 years, 0 days
10 Spenale (cropped).jpg Georges Spénale
(1913–1983)
 France 13 March 1975 8 March 1977 PS Socialists
1 year, 360 days
11 Emilio Colombo crop.jpg Emilio Colombo
(1920–2013)
 Italy 8 March 1977 17 July 1979 DC Christian Democrats
2 years, 131 days
12 Simone Veil (1984) (cropped).jpg Simone Veil
(1927–2017)
 France 17 July 1979 19 January 1982 UDF Liberal Democrats
2 years, 186 days
13 Dankert, Piet - SFA002019217.jpg Piet Dankert
(1934–2003)
 Netherlands 19 January 1982 24 July 1984 PvdA Socialists
2 years, 187 days
14 Pierre Pflimlin par Claude Truong-Ngoc 1975 (cropped).jpg Pierre Pflimlin
(1907–2000)
 France 24 July 1984 20 January 1987 UDF / RPR European People's Party
2 years, 180 days
15 Henry Plumb (cropped).jpg C. Henry Plumb
(1925–2022)
 United Kingdom 20 January 1987 25 July 1989 Conservative European Democrats
2 years, 186 days
16 Enrique Barón (cropped).jpg Enrique Barón Crespo
(born 1944)
 Spain 25 July 1989 21 January 1992 PSOE Socialists
2 years, 180 days
17 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F061785-0005, Hamburg, CDU-Bundesparteitag, Egon Klepsch (cropped).jpg Egon Klepsch
(1930–2010)
 Germany 21 January 1992 19 July 1994 CDU European People's Party
2 years, 179 days
18 Hänsch-EP-Portrait (cropped).jpg Klaus Hänsch
(born 1938)
 Germany 19 July 1994 14 January 1997 SPD Party of European Socialists
2 years, 186 days
19 José María Gil-Robles y Gil-Delgado (2011) (cropped).jpg José María Gil-Robles
(born 1935)
 Spain 14 January 1997 20 July 1999 PP European People's Party
2 years, 187 days
20 Nicole Fontaine.jpg Nicole Fontaine
(1942–2018)
 France 20 July 1999 15 January 2002 UMP European People's Party
2 years, 179 days
21 Pat Cox (2009).jpg Pat Cox
(born 1952)
 Ireland 15 January 2002 20 July 2004 Independent Liberal Democrats
2 years, 187 days
22 Josep Borrell 2015 (cropped).jpg Josep Borrell
(born 1947)
 Spain 20 July 2004 16 January 2007 PSOE Party of European Socialists
2 years, 180 days
23 Pöttering, Hans-Gert-9757.jpg Hans-Gert Pöttering
(born 1945)
 Germany 16 January 2007 14 July 2009 CDU European People's Party
2 years, 179 days
24 Jerzy Buzek, 2010.JPG Jerzy Buzek
(born 1940)
 Poland 14 July 2009 17 January 2012 PO European People's Party
2 years, 187 days
25 Martin Schulz (cropped).jpg Martin Schulz
(born 1955)
 Germany 17 January 2012 17 January 2017 SPD Socialists & Democrats
5 years, 0 days
26 Antonio Tajani (cropped).jpg Antonio Tajani
(born 1953)
 Italy 17 January 2017 3 July 2019 FI European People's Party
2 years, 167 days
27 Official portrait of David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament.jpg David Sassoli
(1956–2022)
 Italy 3 July 2019 11 January 2022 PD Socialists & Democrats
2 years, 192 days
28 Roberta Metsola 2022.jpg Roberta Metsola
(born 1979)
 Malta 18 January 2022[a] Incumbent PN European People's Party
145 days

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Acting from 11 to 18 January 2022.

References[change | change source]

  1. English Style Guide: A handbook for authors and translators in the European Commission (PDF) (8 ed.). European Commission. October 2019. p. 119. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Parliament began either in 1952 with the Common Assembly or 1958 with the Parliamentary Assembly.