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"Languages, cultures, regional differences and local initiatives must be cherished because they are Europe’s strongest asset."

Complementary profiles for European Democrat MEPs

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Last May, two EDP MEPs were re-elected: Izaskun Bilbao Barandica and Ulrike Müller, and 8 MEPs were elected. They all have complementary profiles.

Ulrike Müller, from Germany, is a dairy farmer and has been a politician on local and regional level for almost 25 years. She is deeply rooted in her community and strongly committed to shaping policies that citizens in all regions of the EU will benefit from. In her second term at the European Parliament, she will continue her work at the Agricultural and the Environmental Committees, as well as take up a seat at the Petition Committee to strengthen the voice of citizens in European politics.

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, from Basque Country, will be keen to follow topics on transport, fisheries and industrial strategies. Thus, she will continue to commit herself to strengthening relations with the countries of the Andean Community by closely monitoring the peace process in Colombia.

Engin Eroglu, newly elected in Germany, wants an EU of freedom and for the citizens. The principle of subsidiarity is of the highest importance to him. In the ECON committee the former banker and head of an estate agency will be working on reinforcing the no-bailout-principle. To him, financial self-responsibility of the member states is the key to a successful EU.

Sylvie Brunet promotes a social dimension of Europe. The main topics she will address will be "the review of the Social Security coordination regulations, the second part of the Posted Workers Directive for road transport, European investment in training and support for technological and ecological transitions". She is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality in the European Parliament.

Sailor and then journalist, Catherine Chabaud is a pioneer in sustainable development. She will continue to bring to the European Parliament subjects that are dear to her: ocean, environment, climate.... She is now a member of the Committee on Development.

Laurence Farreng will use her experience of territorial issues to ensure the development of local authorities' relations with Europe. She is a member of the Committee on Culture and Education.

Christophe Grudler will be keen to follow topics on industrial strategies - national and European, climate and good environmental practices, as well as the implementation of a real European space policy. His very first work will focus on "the pre-trade agreement with the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay), with the obligation that it complies with the Paris Agreement on Climate". He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Marie-Pierre Vedrenne has a perfect command of the European Union's trade policy issues. She will promote Europe's importance in the daily lives of its citizens. She is Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on International Trade and a member of the Committee on Petitions.

And Corina Creţu, European Commissioner in charge of regional policy between 2014 and 2019 and former Vice-President of the European Parliament; and Mihai Tudose, former Romanian Prime Minister.