After three rounds of voting, MEPs have elected the 14 vice-presidents of the European Parliament.
The votes began on 17 January 2012, following the election of the new president, Martin Schulz.
By convention, an agreement to divide up the vice-president roles between the political groups mean that they are usually elected without any formal opposition.
However with 15 candidates standing, a secret ballot needed to take place.
In the first two rounds, no candidates received an overall majority, leading to a third ballot - the results of which were announced during the Danish presidency debate on 18 January 2012.
The 14 successful candidates with their number of votes were:
• Gianni Pittella (Italian social democrat) - 319
• Miguel Angel Martínez-Martínez (Spanish social democrat) - 295
• Anni Podimata (Greek social democrat) - 281
• Alejo Vidal-Quadras (Spanish centre-right) - 269
• Georgios Papastamkos (Greek centre-right) - 248
• Roberta Angelilli (Italian centre-right) - 246
• Othmar Karas (Austrian centre-right) - 244
• Edward McMillan-Scott (British liberal) - 239
• Isabelle Durant (Belgian green) - 238
• Alexander Alvaro (German liberal) - 235
• Rainer Wieland (German centre-right) - 230
• Oldrik Vlasák (Czech conservative) - 223
• Jacek Protasiewicz (Polish centre-right) - 206
• László Surján (Hungarian centre-right) - 188
The one unsuccessful candidate, was Estonian green MEP, Indrek Tarand.
Eight of the 14 MEPs on the list are incumbent vice-presidents.
The UK has dropped from having three vice-presidents to one.
Vice-presidents deputise for the president, chairing debates of the plenary session. They also have individual responsibilities, such as relations with national parliaments.
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