|Member of the European Parliament|
Assumed office |
1 July 2006
4 August 1967|
Party of European Socialists
|Alma mater||Utrecht University|
Christel Schaldemose (born 4 July 1967) is a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Denmark. She is a member of the Social Democrats, part of the Party of European Socialists.
Early life and career
Schaldemose has a masters in history from the University of Southern Denmark. She has worked professionally with adult education and popular enlightenment on national and regional level. Her previous job was secretary general of the Danish Adult Education Council.
Member of the European Parliament, 2006–present
Schaldemose has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2006. She has since been serving on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. In this capacity, she works on consumer, cultural and education policy. In 2016, she also joined the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector.
In addition to her committee assignments, Schadelmose has been a member of the Parliament's delegation for relations with Japan since 2009.
Schaldemose is a member of the MEP Heart Group (sponsored by the European Heart Network (EHN) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)), a group of parliamentarians who have an interest in promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
On 4 May 2008, Schaldemose launched the citizen's initiative "Females in Front" with MEPs from other EU countries. The campaign demands that at least one woman is appointed to one of the four top positions in the EU to be filled in 2009. She also led an initiative requiring all consumer products to indicate their country of origin (products made in the EU could indicate “Made in the EU” instead).
Schaldemose lives in Copenhagen with her husband and three children (born 1996 to 2003).