Bart Staes

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Bart Staes
Bart Staes European Parliament.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 2019
Personal details
Born (1958-08-07) 7 August 1958 (age 61)
Political partyVolksunie
Groen (2002–)
Alma materSint-Thomas Pedagogische Hogeschool, Brussels
OccupationTeacher, politician
WebsiteOfficial website

Bart Hubert Wilfried Marcel Staes (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑrt ˈstaːs]; born 7 August 1958), is a Belgian politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament for Flanders from 1999 until 2019. He is a member of Groen, part of the European Greens.

After studying in Brussels and qualifying as a teacher (Dutch/English/Economics), Staes turned to politics, beginning his political career in the Volksunie, which later became Spirit. Following the formation of the electoral alliance (cartel) between Spirit and the Socialistische Partij Anders (sp.a) in 2002, Staes moved to join Agalev (as it was then known; today, Groen). He has been a Member of the European Parliament continuously since 1999, at first for the Volksunie, later Spirit and now Groen. His particular interests are the environment and peace movements.

Political history[edit]

His political career started with membership of the Volksunie, with the collapse of that party in 2002 he joined Groen!.

European Parliament[edit]

Staes was first elected into the European Parliament in 1999 and was reelected, as only member from his party, in 2004 and 2009. During his time in parliament, he was part of The Greens–European Free Alliance transnational political group together with MEPs for the GreenLeft. He served on the Committee on Budgetary Control and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.


Politics Curriculum

Member Party Council VolksunieJongeren (1980–1981) and (1984–1987)

Member of the VU-party-council (1984–1987) and (1995–2001)

Second follower VU-senate list (1995–1999)

Member Spirit-party presidency (2001–2002)

Mandatory of Agalev/Groen (July 2002 - )

Member of party council of Groen (2003 - )

Member of European parliament (1999 - )

Member of fraction Greens/European Free Alliance (Groenen/Europese Vrije Alliantie)

Member of Budget Control Commission

Instant member of Commission Environmental gestion, Public Health and Food security

Member of Parliamentary cooperative commission EU-Russia

Instant member of Parliamentary cooperative commission EU-Central-Asia

initiator of the Intergroup Chechnya

Author of manifesto from the Gravensteengroep

Publication Het vlees is zwak met Jaak Vandemeulebroucke, Hadewijch, Antwerpen, 1996

Echo's voor een ander Europa, Houtekiet, Antwerpen, 2004

Voor een ander Europa, Houtekiet, Antwerpen, 2009

GGO's: Droom of werkelijkheid, Houtekiet, Antwerpen, 2012


  • 13 June 1999 – : Flag of Europe.svg Member of European Parliament

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