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PACE elects two new Vice-Presidents

The Assembly today elected, at the opening of its Autumn 2013 Session, two new Vice-Presidents: Sandro Gozi (Italy, NR) and Philippe Mahoux (Belgium, SOC).

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). The number of Vice-Presidents has been increased on several occasions as the number of member States has grown.

To ensure an equitable division of Vice-Presidents between different sized national delegations, member States are divided into four Groups. Delegations with 18 seats in the Assembly (France, Germany, Italy, Russian Federation and United Kingdom), each have a Vice-President every year; delegations with between 12 and 17 seats (Poland, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine) have three Vice-Presidents between them, with one change happening each year; delegations with between 5 and 11 seats (Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Sweden and Switzerland) have eight Vice-Presidents between them, with half changing each year; the other 17 delegations have four Vice-Presidents between them, with two changing each year. Where there is rotation, it is by the English alphabetical order.