PACE elects its Vice-Presidents

At the opening of its Winter plenary Session today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its Vice-Presidents:

Akif Çagatay Kiliç (Turkey)
Susanne Eberle-Strub (Liechtenstein)
Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom)
Gusty Graas (Luxembourg)
Dzhema Grozdanova (Bulgaria)
Antonio Gutiérrez (Spain)
Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland)
Irakli Kobakhidze (Georgia)
Inese Libina-Egnere (Latvia)
Alvise Maniero (Italy)
Oleksandr Merezhko (Ukraine)
Miroslava Nemcova (Czech Republic)
Andreas Nick (Germany)
Snjezana Novakovic Bursac (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Lars Aslan Rasmussen (Denmark)
Tomislav Tolušic (Croatia)
Nicole Trisse (France)
Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania)
(Belgium, vacant seat)

As regards the election of a Vice-President in respect of the Russian Federation, the Assembly decided to hold, this afternoon, a vote by secret ballot on the election of the candidate proposed by the Russian delegation, Piotr Tolstoy.

Twenty Vice-Presidents are elected annually at the beginning of an ordinary session and remain in office until the opening of the next session (but a Vice-President whose delegation is renewed in the course of a session does not remain in office).