Birgit Sippel

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Birgit Sippel
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1960-01-29) 29 January 1960 (age 62)
Bochum, Germany
Political party German:
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists

Birgit Sippel (born 29 January 1960) is a German politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party, part of the Party of European Socialists.[1]

Political career[edit]


In 1982, Sippel joined the Socialist Youth of Germany "Die Falken", belonging to the International Falcon Movement, and was engaged up to the district level. That same year, she also joined the Social-Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and was soon involved in the local party branch in Neheim. In 1983, she also joined the German Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG Metall), in which she served i. a. as employee representative.[2] From 1994 to 2004, she served as member of the city council of Arnsberg for the SPD.

Apart from her commitment at local level, Sippel was member of the SPD's National Council from 1996 to 2010 and, since 2010, has been member of the party's council and presidium in the federal state of North Rhine-Westfalia under the leadership of chairwoman Hannelore Kraft.[3]

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present[edit]

In the European Parliament, Sippel has been a full member in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), in which she has taken over the office of coordinator of the S&D Group after her re-election in 2014.[4] Furthermore, she is a substitute member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and a member of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries.[citation needed]

On the LIBE committee, Sippel has been involved in diverse topics, touching upon questions of privacy and data protection (e.g. Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, Passenger Name Record data (PNR)) but also upon issues like the EU asylum policy, migration and the Schengen area. In 2020, she became the parliament's rapporteur on legislation combatting child sexual abuse online.[5] Moreover, she has been involved in the advancement of police and judicial cooperation at EU level (Area of Freedom, Security and Justice), e.g. by supporting the adoption of several directives on procedural safeguards. EMPL topics such as public procurement, the Working Time Directive or the Posted Workers Directive have made up additional parts of her daily work.[6]

In addition to her committee assignments, Sippel is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights[7] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.[8]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ "Home | MEPs | European Parliament". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ Metall, Redaktion IG. "Mit Herz und Verstand für Europa". IG Metall (in German). Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Vorsprung für die Sozialdemokratie im Netz". (in German). Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Laura Kayali (7 December 2020), European Parliament committee approves rules against child sexual abuse material online Politico Europe.
  6. ^ "Home | MEPs | European Parliament". Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  7. ^ Members Archived 27 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  8. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.

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