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Midlands North West MEP McGuinness takes on new vice-president role

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz congratulates Mairead McGuinness.

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz congratulates Mairead McGuinness.

MAIREAD McGuinness, MEP for Midlands North West, has been appointed as Vice-President of the European Parliament for ‘Information and Communications’.

This means McGuinness will oversee the Parliament’s Information Policy, Press and Citizens Relations including the organisation of the Parliament’s information offices across all 28 Member States (such as that in Dublin).

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In her role, the Fine Gael MEP will chair meetings of the Working Group on Information and Communication Policy and co-chair the Working Group on Inter-institutional Group (including Council and Commission) on Communication – shaping all future policy directions.

Importantly, McGuinness will play a leading role in the area of Children’s Rights as a Mediator in certain cases on behalf of the European Parliament.

This role has particular relevance in terms of child abduction or custody cases in which a parent lives in a different European Member State to another, for example.

Today, too many young children, and indeed adults, live in institutions. Having already demonstrated a long-standing commitment to children’s rights in relation to de-institutionalization, McGuinness has committed herself to continuing this work as Vice-President of the Parliament.

McGuinness will also continue as a Member of the Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committees.

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