Agnes Jongerius

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Agnes Jongerius
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Jongerius in 2020
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Agnes Jongerius

(1960-11-04) 4 November 1960 (age 62)
De Meern, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party
Alma materUtrecht University

Agnes Jongerius (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑxnɛs jɔnˈɣeːriʏs]; born 4 November 1960) is a Dutch trade unionist and politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Netherlands since July 2014. She is a member of the Labour Party, part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Between 1987 and 2012 she worked for the Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging, a trade union federation. She was chair of the federation between 2005 and 2012.


Jongerius was born in the De Meern neighbourhood in the city of Utrecht in 1960. She went to the Bonifatius Lyceum, a gymnasium in the city of Utrecht between 1973 and 1979. In that latter year she went to Utrecht University to study social-economic history, graduating cum laude in 1988.[1]

Union leaders Jaap Smit (CNV), Bob van der Wal (MHP), and Agnes Jongerius (FNV) with prime minister Mark Rutte in 2012

One year before her graduation she started working for the Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV). She would work at the FNV until 2012. Serving between 25 May 2005 and 23 June 2012 as chair of the organisation.[1] In 2009 feminist magazine Opzij named Jongerius the most powerful Dutch woman of 2009, citing her role at FNV and the economic crisis.[2]

Political career[edit]

In September 2013 information surfaced that Jongerius wanted to become the new mayor of Utrecht, to succeed Aleid Wolfsen. Jongerius did not want to respond to the claims.[3] Jan van Zanen was later named mayor.

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present[edit]

Jongerius occupied the second place on the Labour Party list for the European Parliament elections of 2014, after Paul Tang.[4] She was elected to the European Parliament in May 2014.

In the European Parliament Jongerius is vice-chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).[5]

Following the 2019 elections, Jongerius was part of a cross-party working group in charge of drafting the European Parliament's four-year work program on digitization.[6]

In addition to her committee assignments, Jongerius is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Trade Unions,[7] the URBAN Intergroup[8] and the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

A (possibly incomplete) overview of Dutch elections Jongerius participated in
Election Party Candidate number Votes Result
2014 European Parliament election Labour Party 2 Elected
2018 municipal elections in Utrecht Labour Party 19 Not elected
2019 European Parliament election Labour Party 2 109,987 Elected
2022 municipal elections in Utrecht Labour Party 38 99 Not elected


  1. ^ a b "Drs. A.M. (Agnes) Jongerius" (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ "'Jongerius machtigste vrouw van Nederland'" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ Tom Reijner (20 September 2013). "'Agnes Jongerius (PvdA) wil burgemeester van Utrecht worden'" (in Dutch). Elsevier. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ Laura Klompenhouwer (22 January 2014). "Agnes Jongerius PvdA-kandidaat Europese verkiezingen". NRC. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Agnes Jongerius". European Parliament. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  6. ^ Florian Eder (June 13, 2019), POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Madrid’s moment — Parliament working groups sneak peak — Happy birthday, GDPR Politico Europe.
  7. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Trade Unions.
  8. ^ Members URBAN Intergroup.
  9. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.

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