Marietje Schaake

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Marietje Schaake
Marietje Schaake D66 Utrecht D-café Internetvrijheid2 (cropped).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
In office
2009 – present
Constituency Netherlands
Personal details
Born (1978-10-28) 28 October 1978 (age 36)
Leiden, Netherlands
Political party Democrats 66
Residence Amsterdam
Website Official web site

Marietje Schaake (Leiden, 28 October 1978) is a Dutch politician for the progressive, social-liberal party Democrats 66. Since July 2009, she has served as a member of the European Parliament.


She is a member of the parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), as well as the Committee of International Trade (INTA) and the Committee on Culture, Media and Education (CULT). She also sits on the Parliament's Delegation for relations with the United States, the Delegation for relations with Iran and the delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. In March 2011 the European Parliament adopted Schaake's report on the cultural dimensions of the EU's external actions. This was followed by the adoption of Schaake's report on a Digital Freedom Strategy in EU Foreign Policy in 2012 and her report on the freedom of press and media in the world in 2013.

Schaake is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Board of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center serves as a Commissioner in the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is member of the Investment Committee of the Digital Defenders Partnership. She is also vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of Free Press Unlimited, serves on the Board of Governors of the European Internet Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren, on the Board of Advisors of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and on the board of the Dutch section of the Internet Society. In September 2013 she joined the Steering Committee of the "Transatlantic Dialogues on Security and Freedom in the Digital Age" project of the New American Foundation, and joined the Committee of Recommendation of Dutch whistleblower foundation Publeaks that on the 9th of September 2013 launched a whisteblowing Initiative based on GlobaLeaks software.[1]


Schaake grew up in Leiden. After High School at the Haags Montessori Lyceum in The Hague she left for the United States to study Liberal Arts at Wittenberg University in Ohio. She went on to study Sociology, American Studies and New Media at the University of Amsterdam. After an internship with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Schaake was granted the Lantos Fellowship of the United States House of Representatives, where she focused on international relations and human rights issues.[citation needed]

Professional life[edit]

Schaake served as an independent advisor to the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands and to the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights in Washington, DC. Other assignments have included consulting the State Department of the Netherlands, as well as cultural institutes and companies. Schaake specialized in topics like transatlantic relations, diversity, integration, civil rights and Muslims in the West. In the winter of 2007 she received the Barney Karbank Memorial Award 2007 for outstanding leadership on the issue of human rights. In 2011, The Wall Street Journal called Schaake "Europe's most wired politician" .[2] She is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[3]

Political career[edit]

New in politics Schaake was elected in the European Parliamentary elections of June 2009.


  1. ^ "Vanaf vandaag: anoniem lekken naar media via doorgeefluik Publeaks". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Europe's Most Wired Politician". 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Dutch Wikipedia.

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