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Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (EPP-ED)

Chairman: Herr POETTERING, Hans-Gert, Germany

Herr Hans-Gert POETTERING


Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats, Chairman
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Member
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Substitute
Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Substitute

Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Born on 15 September 1945, Bersenbrück (Niedersachsen)


Studied law, politics and history at the universities of Bonn and Geneva and the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales (Geneva). Studied at Columbia University, New York (1971). Doctorate (1974). Second state law examination (1976). Academic employee (1976-1979). Appointed lecturer at the University of Osnabrück (1989). Honorary professor (1995).
European policy spokesman, Young Union of Lower Saxony (1974-1980). District chair, Osnabrück CDU (since 1990). Chairman, Lower Saxony Europa Union (1981-1991). President of Europa Union Germany (since 1997). Member, Executive Committee and Federal Executive, CDU Germany (since 1999). EPP Vice-Chairman (since 1999).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1979). Chairman, EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament (since 1999). Chairman, Subcommittee on Security and Defence (1992-1994).
Chairman, Junge Union Friendship and Assistance Association, Osnabrück-Emsland.
EPP Group Schuman Medal. Federal Grand Order of Merit. Grand Decoration of the Republic of Austria. European Honorary Senator. Mérite Européen en or. Konsul Penseler Prize, Artland grammar school, Quakenbrück.



Socialist Group in the European Parliament (PSE)

Chairman: Herr SCHULZ, Martin, Germany

Herr Martin SCHULZ


Socialist Group in the European Parliament, Chairman
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Substitute
Subcommittee on Human Rights, Member

Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Born on 20 December 1955, Hehlrath


Apprentice bookseller (1975-1977). Worked in various bookshops and publishing houses (1977-1982). Bookshop proprietor (1982-1994).
Member, SPD Party Council (1991-1999). Member, Mittelrhein SPD Executive (since 1995). Chairman, Aachen District SPD (since 1996). Member, SPD Federal Executive (since 1999).
Municipal councillor, Würselen (since 1984). Mayor of Würselen (1987-1998).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1994). PSE Group coordinator, Subcommittee on Human Rights (1994-1996). PSE Group coordinator, Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs (1996-2000). Chairman, SPD group, European Parliament (2000-2004). First Vice-Chairman, PSE Group (2002-2004).



Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Chairman: Mr. WATSON, Graham, United Kingdom

Mr Graham WATSON


Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Chairman
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Member
Temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007-2013, Member
Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, Member
Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China, Substitute

United Kingdom
Liberal Democrat Party
Born on 23 March 1956, Rothesay (Scotland)


BA (Hons.) Modern Languages (1979). Interpreter (1979-1980). Administrator, Paisley College (1980-1983). Head of the private office of the Rt Hon. David Steel MP, Leader of the Liberal Party (1983-1987). Banker, HSBC Holdings PLC (1988-1994).
Vice-President (1977-1979) and General Secretary (1979-1981), International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth. Council member, Party of European Liberals and Democrats (1983-1993).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1994). Whip, ELDR Group (1994-1996). Leader, UK Liberal Democrats (since 1999).
Editor, 'The Parliament Magazine (since 1999).



Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Co-president: Sig.ra FRASSONI, Monica, Italy

Sig.Ra Monica FRASSONI


Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Co-president
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Legal Affairs, Member
Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Substitute
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Substitute
Delegation for relations with Mercosur, Member
Delegation for relations with Iran, Substitute
Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute

Italy
Federazione dei Verdi
Born on 10 September 1963, Veracruz (Messico)


Graduate in political science (Florence, 1989). Temporary agent working for the Green Group in the European Parliament, specialising in constitutional affairs (1990-1999).
General Secretary of the NGO 'Young European Federalists' (JEF); Chairman of the Europe Coordinating Bureau (ECB) of youth NGOs (1991-1993).
Elected to the European Parliament in 1999 as Member for the Belgian Greens (ECOLO) and in 2004 for the Italian Greens (Federation of the Greens). Co-chairman of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (since 2002).


Co-president: Herr COHN-BENDIT, Daniel Marc, Germany

Herr Daniel Marc COHN-BENDIT


Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Co-president
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Member
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Member
Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Substitute
Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Substitute
Delegation for relations with South Africa, Substitute
Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute
Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, Member

Germany
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Born on 4 April 1945, Montauban/Frankreich


Advanced school-leaving certificate, Odenwaldschule (1966). Studied sociology at the University of Nanterre. Spokesman and leader, Paris May Revolution (1968). Deported from France (1968). Childcare worker with the Kinderladen movement in Frankfurt; bookseller at the Karl-Marx bookshop (1969-1973). Editor-in-chief and publisher of Pflasterstrand magazine (1976). Honorary head of department, Office for Multicultural Affairs (Frankfurt/Main) (1989). Presenter of the Swiss television programme Literaturklub (since 1994).
Various publications and films.
Member of the European Parliament (since 1994). Delegation Chairman, EU - Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee (1999-2002). Co-chairman of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (since 2002).
Honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Tilburg, Netherlands (1997), Trombinoscope 'Political Discovery' award for special contributions in the field of politics (1998).



Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

Chairman: M. WURTZ, Francis, France

M. Francis WURTZ


Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left, Chairman
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member
Committee on Budgets, Substitute
Delegation for relations with the United States, Substitute
Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Member
Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute

France
Parti communiste français
Born on 3 January 1948, Strasbourg


University diploma in literary studies (1968). Employed in national education (1969-1973). Full-time Communist Party official (since 1973).
Secretariat of the Bas-Rhin Communist Party Federation (1973). Worked in the Communist Party Secretariat (1976). Member of the Communist Party national leadership (since 1979). Secretariat of the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights (1980). Head of the Communist Party's international department (1992-1999).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1979). Chairman of the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (since 1999). Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Development (1989-1999).



Independence/Democracy Group

Chairman: Hr. BONDE, Jens-Peter, Denmark

Hr. Jens-Peter BONDE


Independence/Democracy Group, Chairman
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Member
Committee on Budgetary Control, Substitute
Temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007-2013, Substitute
Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and to the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee, Vice-Chairman

Denmark
JuniBevægelsen - Mod Unionen
Born on 27 March 1948, Åbenrå


Advanced school-leaving certificate (1966). Studied political science (1966-1974). Editor (1974-1979).
Co-founder of the People's Movement against the EC (1972). Co-founder of Denmark 92 (1991). Co-founder (1992) and spokesperson (since 1992) of the June Movement.
Member of the European Parliament (since 1979). Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Iceland (1992-1994). Co-Chairman (1994-1997) and Chairman (1997-1999) of the EDN Group. Chairman of the Group for a Europe of Democracies and Diversities (1999-2004). Chairman of the Independence/Democracy Group.
Co-founder of the Intergroup SOS Democracy. Co-founder of the Intergroup Eurosun. Co-founder of TEAM (1992). Co-founder of Friends of Clean Accounts, The Referendum Group (2004).


Chairman: Mr FARAGE, Nigel, United Kingdom

Mr Nigel FARAGE
Independence/Democracy Group, Chairman
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on International Trade, Member
Committee on Fisheries, Substitute

United Kingdom
UK Independence Party
Born on 3 April 1964, Farnborough


Secondary education. Has worked for British, French and American companies operating in the commodity markets, especially the London Metal Exchange (since 1982).
In the UK Independence Party: National Chairman (1998-2000); Chairman of the European Election Committee (2002-2004); Chairman, South East Counties (since 1999); national spokesman (since 2000).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1999). Vice-Chairman of the EDD Group (1999-2004).



Union for Europe of the Nations Group

Co-president: Mr CROWLEY, Brian, Ireland

Mr Brian CROWLEY


Union for Europe of the Nations Group, Co-president
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Member
Committee on Fisheries, Substitute
Committee on Legal Affairs, Substitute
Delegation for relations with the United States, Member
Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (including Libya), Substitute

Ireland
Fianna Fáil Party
Born on 4 March 1964, Dublin


Diploma in Law (1993).
Senator (1993-1994); government spokesman on justice, equality and law reform (1993-1994).
Member of the Council of State (1997- ).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1994).


Co-president: Sig.ra MUSCARDINI, Cristiana, Italy

Sig.Ra Cristiana MUSCARDINI


Union for Europe of the Nations Group, Co-president
European Parliament, Member
Conference of Presidents, Member
Committee on International Trade, Member
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, Substitute
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Substitute
Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia, Member
Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute
Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute

Italy
Alleanza nazionale
Born on 6 November 1948, Cannobio (Verbania)


Graduate in philosophy. Writes for newspapers and periodicals.
Dirigente of the FUAN (1971); member of the national executive of the Italian Social Movement (1972); member of the political executive of AN, responsible for the coordination of Community policies (since 1995). General Secretary of the 'Alliance for Europe of the Nations' (since 2001).
Member of Milan City Council (1980-1990) and Varese Town Council (since 1991). Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (1983-1987).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1989); Vice-Chairwoman of the Union for Europe of the Nations Group (1999); Chairwoman of the AN delegation (1992-2004).
Member of the European Convention.
Publications include: ' Europa sconosciuta' (1994), 'L'Europa in discussione' (1999), 'L'Europa in tasca' (1999),'La Convenzione europea' (2002), 'La Destra in Europa' (2002) and, recently, 'L'Europa promessa'. 'Adelaide Ristori' literary prize - Rome (1991); International 'Woman of the Year' 2004 prize - Lugano University Centre.
Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.


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