European Parliament 2019
European Parliament 2019


Born on November 14,1955 in Oldenburg, grew up and attended school in Varel / Friesland district, parents were independent gas station merchants. 2 children, living in the Hannover region

Since 2022: Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs (CCC) of the European Parliament

Since 2021: Member of the COVID-19 Vaccines Contact Group between the European Commission and the European Parliament

Since 2019: Member of the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament (since January 2020: EU-UK Coordination Group)

Since 2019: Chair of the Fair Trade Working Group of the European Parliament; Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Since 2014: Chairman of the Committee on International Trade, Rapportuer for the trade relation EU-USA

2012 - 2014: Trade policy spokesman for the Socialist Group

since 2009: MEP, Member of the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Rapporteur for industrial policy of the European Parliament 2011

2005 - 2009: Head of the «economic, environmental and Europe» unit of the DGB (German Trade Union Confederation) district Niedersachsen- Bremen-Sachsen/Anhalt)

1997 - 1999: Vice-Chair Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy

1994 - 2004: MEP from Lower Saxony, Member of the Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy; Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy; Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy

1974 – 1981: Study and university degrees, Universität Göttingen

Since 1974: Member of the SPD (German Social-Democratic Party) and member of IG Metall (Metalworkers Trade Union)

1974:“Abitur” certificate, Graf – Anton – Günther – Gymnasium, Oldenburg


1998:Automobile Association Award for the improvement of air quality by European automotive emissions legislation

2001: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2012:EU Parliamentarian of the Year, category Trade («Parliament Magazine»)

2012/13:Fair Politician of the Year (Max van der Stoel Foundation)

2018: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany first class


Motorcycling, historical cars and everything about water