You've probably seen the President of the European Parliament on the news, but people always want to know more about the role. How does someone even become President? What are the President's responsibilities? How does the presidential elections relate to your vote?
What do you know about the European Parliament's President? "Not much!" you say. Well, let's take a look at that, then... The European Parliament elects its President every two-and-a-half years. As its leader, the President represents the Parliament within the EU and internationally. Candidates are chosen either by one of the political groups or by a group of 38 MEPs. The candidate with an absolute majority of votes cast by MEPs in a secret ballot is elected President. If there's no winner after three rounds of voting, a run-off is held between the two candidates with the most votes. The President chairs the Parliament's plenary sessions, ensures procedures are respected, represents Parliament in legal matters, and signs the EU budget and laws. The European Parliament is directly elected by EU citizens. That means the President represents you, too! European Parliament European Union 2016 - European Parliament