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Christel Schaldemose

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Christel Schaldemose
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2006
Personal details
Born (1967-08-04) 4 August 1967 (age 56)
Odense, Denmark
Political party Danish:
Social Democrats
Party of European Socialists
SpouseIb Lindstrøm
Alma materUniversity of Southern Denmark

Christel Schaldemose (born 4 August 1967) is a Danish politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2006. She is a member of the Social Democrats, part of the Party of European Socialists.

In parliament, Schaldemose is a member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

Early life and career[edit]

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[edit]

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, where she is the S&D group’s coordinator.[1] In this capacity, she works on consumer, cultural and education policy. From 2016 until 2017, she was also part of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector. Since 2021, she has been the parliament's rapporteur on the Digital Services Act (DSA).[2]

In addition to her committee assignments, Schadelmose has been a member of the Parliament's delegation for relations with Japan since 2009.[3] She is also 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);[4] the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights;[5] and the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.[6]

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).[7]

In September 2022, Schaldemose was the recipient of the Consumer Rights Award at The Parliament Magazine's annual MEP Awards[8]

Personal life[edit]

Schaldemose lives in Copenhagen with her husband and three children (born 1996 to 2003).


  1. ^ Maïa de La Baume and Laura Kayali (October 7, 2019), Conservatives keep pressure on French Commission pick Sylvie Goulard Politico Europe.
  2. ^ Mia Bartoloni (January 29, 2021), Movers & Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  3. ^ Mia Bartoloni (March 12, 2021), Movers & Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  4. ^ Supporters MEP Heart Group.
  5. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights
  6. ^ Members Archived 2019-08-31 at the Wayback Machine European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  7. ^ What the Parliament achieved in 2009-14 European Voice, April 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "MEP Awards: Winners 2022". The Parliament Magazine. 21 September 2022. Retrieved 24 August 2023.

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