Angelika Niebler

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Angelika Niebler
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 1999
Personal details
Born (1963-02-18) 18 February 1963 (age 61)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Political party German:
Christian Social Union
European People's Party
Michael Niebler
(m. 1995)
Alma mater
Video Statement (English) / (German)

Angelika Niebler (née Rupertseder; born 18 February 1963) is a German lawyer and politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 1999. She is a member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, part of the European People's Party. Since 2015, she has been serving as her party's deputy chairwoman, under the leadership of successive chairmen Horst Seehofer and Markus Söder.


  • 1988: First state law examination
  • 1991: Second state law examination
  • 1992: Doctor of law, dissertation: Der Einsatz einer Expertensystemshell im Gesetzgebungsverfahren (English: "The use of expert systems in legislative procedure")

Professional career[edit]

Niebler practiced with Lovells from 1991 to 1997 and – as Salary Partner – with Beiten Burkhardt from 1997 to 2004.[1] From 2004 to 2015, she worked at Bird & Bird’s Munich office.[2][3] In September 2015, she joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Munich office as of counsel, where she supports the firm's Media, Entertainment & Technology Group as well as the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Group.[4]

In addition to practicing law, Niebler has been a visiting lecturer on Intellectual / Industrial Property Rights (IPR) at the Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM) since August 2016.

Political career[edit]

Early political career[edit]

  • since 1995: Member of the Upper Bavaria CSU district executive (since 2011 under the leadership of Ilse Aigner)
  • since 1999: Chairman of the Women's Union of Upper Bavaria district and member of the Land executive of the Women's Union in Bavaria
  • since 1999: Congress delegate and member of the executive, European People's Party
  • since 1996: Member of Ebersberg district council

Member of the European Parliament, 1999–present[edit]

Since 1999, Niebler has been a Member of the European Parliament, where she has since served as the CDU/CSU Group parliamentary business manager in the EPP-ED Group at the European Parliament, and as member of the CDU/CSU Group and EPP-ED Group Executive.

Niebler sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and its Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. She is a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

Between 2007 and 2009, Niebler served as chairwoman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy; she was later replaced by Herbert Reul.[5] In 2006, she was the author of the industry committee's report on the seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, totalling €50.5 billion.[6] From 2010 to 2012, she led the European Parliament's negotiations on overhauling European Union roaming regulations.[7] She was her parliamentary group's shadow rapporteur on a non-binding 2021 motion in support of using “low-carbon hydrogen” made from fossil gas as a bridge towards 100% renewable production.[8] Since 2021, she has been the parliament's lead rapporteur on the Data Governance Act.[9]

In addition to her committee assignments, Niebler is part of the parliament's delegation for relations with the Gulf States, including Yemen. She is also a member of the European Internet Forum;[10] the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda;[11] the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup (SSI);[12] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Countryside, Hunting and Recreational Fisheries.[13]

In early 2014, the CSU chose Niebler to be the party list's number 2 for the 2014 European elections, following Markus Ferber.[14] She later replaced Ferber as leader of the CSU MEPs after the party's poor showing in the elections.[15]

Role in national politics[edit]

Ahead of the 2002 German federal election, Edmund Stoiber included Niebler in his shadow cabinet for the Christian Democrats’ campaign to unseat incumbent Gerhard Schröder as chancellor.[16]

Niebler later was a CSU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2022. In 2015, Bavaria's Minister President Horst Seehofer nominated her as one of his deputies in the office of CSU chairman, making her part of the party's leadership. In the negotiations to form a fourth cabinet under Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Niebler led the working group on families, alongside Annette Widmann-Mauz and Katarina Barley.

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

  • LVM Krankenversicherungs-AG, Member of the supervisory board (since 2015)
  • Bavarian Savings Banks Association, Member of the advisory board (since 2009)
  • Metabion International AG, Member of the supervisory board (since 2004)

Non-profit organizations[edit]



  1. ^ Angelika Niebler wechselt zu Bird & Bird Bird & Bird, press release of September 1, 2004.
  2. ^ Angelika Niebler wechselt zu Bird & Bird Bird & Bird, press release of September 1, 2004.
  3. ^ Mary Jacoby and Glenn R. Simpson (July 5, 2005), Politics, Business Mix Freely In Europe Parliament The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ European Parliament Member Angelika Niebler Joins Gibson Dunn in Munich Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, press release of September 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Simon Taylor (July 22, 2009), New-look Parliament carves up the top jobs European Voice.
  6. ^ Jennifer Rankin (June 13, 2007), Mother of Parliament European Voice.
  7. ^ Ian Wishart (March 28, 2012), EU reaches deal to ‘end mobile phone roaming rip-offs’ European Voice.
  8. ^ Nikolaus J. Kurmayer (May 20, 2021), EU Parliament backs ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen, despite Green opposition Euractiv.
  9. ^ Luca Bertuzzi (July 16, 2021), Parliament committee adopts act ‘to build up a European data economy’ Euractiv.
  10. ^ Members European Internet Forum.
  11. ^ Members of the European Parliament on the Digital Agenda European Parliament.
  12. ^ Members of the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup (SSI) European Parliament.
  13. ^ Member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Countryside, Hunting and Recreational Fisheries European Parliament.
  14. ^ Dave Keating (January 27, 2014), German parties select European Parliament candidates European Voice.
  15. ^ Toby Vogel (November 20, 2014), Manfred Weber – calm conciliator European Voice.
  16. ^ Alexander Neubacher and Christoph Schult (February 18, 2002), Mann ohne Eigenschaften Der Spiegel.
  17. ^ Wiesheu zieht sich aus CSU-Wirtschaftsbeirat zurück Die Welt, November 19, 2018.
  18. ^ Lawyers: Angelika Niebler, Of Counsel Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
  19. ^ Board of Trustees European Academy of Bavaria.
  20. ^ SWP Council Archived January 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).
  21. ^ Board of Trustees Ifo Institute for Economic Research.
  22. ^ Angelika Niebler wechselt zu Bird & Bird Bird & Bird, press release of September 1, 2004.
  23. ^ Präsident der TU München ist neuer Vorsitzender des Kuratoriums der TÜV SÜD Stiftung Münchner Merkur, 18 January 2018.
  24. ^ Zeitung, Süddeutsche (16 March 2017). "Auszeichnung für Angelika Niebler". Sü (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  25. ^ Ryan Heath (May 19, 2016), The 40 MEPs who matter in 2016: #26 Angelika Niebler Politico Europe.
  26. ^ Lawyers: Angelika Niebler, Of Counsel Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
  27. ^ Lawyers: Angelika Niebler, Of Counsel Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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