Birgit Collin-Langen

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Birgit Collin-Langen
Member of the European Parliament
In office
17 March 2012 – 2019
Personal details
Born (1956-09-04) 4 September 1956 (age 66)
Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Political party German
Christian Democratic Union
European People's Party

Birgit Collin-Langen (born 4 September 1956) is a German politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2012 until 2019. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party.


Between 1993 and 1996, Collin-Langen headed the department for legal affairs and human resources at the Investment and Economic Development Bank of Rhineland-Palatinate (ISB).

Collin-Langen served as the mayor of Bingen am Rhein from 1996 to 2012.[1] In this capacity, she also served as vice-president of the Congress of the Council of Europe. Ahead of the 2011 state elections, she was part of Julia Klöckner's campaign team and served as shadow minister of justice and internal affairs.

In March 2012, Collin-Langen took her seat in the European Parliament for Rhineland-Palatinate in place of Kurt Lechner, who had resigned his seat due to age.[2] Between 2012 and 2014, she served on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. From 2014, she was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In 2015, she served as her parliamentary group's rapporteur on the Package Travel Directive (PTD).

In addition to her committee assignment, Collin-Langen was a member of the Parliament's delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee.

Within her party, Collin-Langen is a member of the CDU leadership in Rhineland-Palatinate under chairwoman Julia Klöckner. Since 2001, she has also been serving as chairwoman of the Frauenunion in Rhineland-Palatinate, the women's group of the CDU.

In August 2018, Collin-Langen announced that she would not stand in the 2019 European elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[3]

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In 2013, several members of the European Parliament's India Working Group filed a complaint after Collin-Langen – together MEPs Lena Kolarska-Bobińska and Kinga Gál – allegedly used a 50-seat bus to go shopping during an official delegation trip to Kolkata.[5]

On 18 June 2015 Collin-Langen resigned from a secondary employment as a member of an advisory committee for the energy company RWE after criticism from LobbyControl on the publication day of a study[6] that had been published by Lobby Control in collaboration with Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe. Criticism aimed at her advocating for RWE-friendly positions in the EPCEPHFS.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Verabschiedung der Oberbürgermeisterin Birgit Collin-Langen" (in German). Bingen am Rhein. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Neue deutsche MdEP: Birgit Collin-Langen" (in German). Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung Deutschland. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. ^ Markus Lachmann (August 7, 2018), Die Binger EU-Abgeordnete Birgit Collin-Langen kündigt Rückzug aus der Politik an Allgemeine Zeitung.
  4. ^ Board of Trustees University of Applied Sciences Bingen.
  5. ^ Heat and dust European Voice, May 15, 2013.
  6. ^ Whose Representatives? MEPs on the industry payroll, A report by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl. Written and researched by Rachel Tansey. Contributions from Paul de Clerck, Olivier Hoedeman and Nina Katzemich, June 2015, accessed on 22nd of June 2015
  7. ^ "Nach Kritik von LobbyControl: Birgit Collin-Langen verlässt RWE-Beirat" (in German). 18 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Nach Kritik verlässt Collin-Langen RWE-Beirat" (in German). LobbyControl. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

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