Ruling Fidesz’s MEP Livia Jaroka and the opposition Democratic Coalition’s Klara Dobrev were both elected vice-presidents of the European Parliament on Wednesday.
Jaroka, who has been vice-president of the EP since November 2017 and nominated again by the European People’s Party, was re-elected with 349 votes in a plenary session in Strasbourg.
The Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance said in a statement that Jaroka “has earned the recognition of her fellow representatives with her work aimed at eliminating poverty in Europe, advancing the integration of Roma citizens and improving the situation of women”. Jaroka, they noted, was the EP’s first-ever Roma member and vice-president.
Dobrev, who had been nominated by the Socialists and Democrats group, was backed by 402 MEPs. Both MEPs were elected in the first round of voting.