Czech MEP to take up vice-president post in European Parliament
Czech MEP Oldřich Vlasák has been elected one of the European Parliament’s 14 vice presidents. Mr. Vlasák, a European Conservatives and Reformists group member from the Czech Civic Democratic party (ODS), will be serving a 2.5 year term. Upon being elected on Wednesday, he said his main focus of interest would be the strengthening of Euro-Atlantic ties as well as improving the efficiency of the European Parliament. Czech Social Democrat Libor Rouček, who has held the post for 2.5 years, did not seek re-election due to an agreement under which the socialist faction in the European Parliament gave up two seats in exchange for German socialist candidate, Martin Schulz, becoming the European Parliament’s new president.