Tarand Runs for Vice Presidency in European Parliament ({{commentsTotal}})

Indrek Tarand
Indrek Tarand Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

MEP Indrek Tarand will run for the position as one of 14 vice presidents when the European Parliament elects its new president on Tuesday.

Tarand had 40 MEPs behind him at the close of last week, reported TV3.

The Estonian is supporting British Liberal Democrat Diana Wallis in the race for presidency against German Socialist Martin Schulz. In reality, Schulz, whose Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats holds 190 of 754 seats, was deemed the successor of the current president already two years ago, in an agreement that has been shunned, by Tarand among others, as undemocratic.

“A very small group of parliament members is distributing power through contracts, and in actuality the event is not so much an election as it is formalizing an agreement,” said Tarand.

On Monday, Tarand met with several party leaders. The names of the vice presidents, who have a 2.5-year term, should be known by Wednesday at the latest.

Tarand has served as an adviser to the prime minister of Estonia and as secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 as an independent, and is currently a member of the Greens–European Free Alliance.

In 2005, Tarand stirred up a scandal at a football match by wearing a shirt that listed former communist party members in Estonian government offices, resulting in the resignation of a defense minister. Most recently, Tarand ran for the Estonian presidency in August, a move that was seen by some as an effort to raise his political profile before the vice president elections of the European Parliament.


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