Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

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Chrysoula Zacharopoulou
Member of the European Parliament
for France
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Personal details
Born (1976-05-07) 7 May 1976 (age 45)
Sparta, Peloponnese, Greece
NationalityFrench
Political partyLa Republique En Marche!

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou (born 7 May 1976) is a French gynaecologist[3] and politician of La République En Marche! (LREM) who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019.[4]

Education and early career[edit]

Trained in minimally invasive procedure, Zacharopoulou specialized in endometriosis in Italy and, from 2007, in France. Before entering politics, she worked at the Bégin Military Teaching Hospital in Saint-Mandé, near Paris.[5]

In 2015, Zacharopoulou joined forces with French actress Julie Gayet on establishing Info-Endométriose, a non-profit raising awareness for endometriosis.[6]

Political career[edit]

Zacharopoulou became a Member of the European Parliament in the 2019 elections. She has since been a vice-chair of the Committee on Development. She is also the parliament's rapporteur on the Africa-EU partnership.[7]

In addition to her committee assignments, Zacharopoulou is part of the Parliament's delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.[8] She is also a member of the MEPs Against Cancer group;[9] European Parliament Intergroup on Cancer;[10] the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights;[11] the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability;[12] and of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.[13]

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Zacharopoulou returned to practicing for several days a week at the Bégin Military Teaching Hospital in March 2020.[14]

Since April 2021, Zacharopoulou has been co-chairing the Shareholders Council of COVAX, alongside Fernando Ruiz Gómez.[15][16] In this capacity, she was part of the delegation accompanying President Emmanuel Macron on his state visit to Rwanda and South Africa in May 2021. In November 2021, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council followed a proposal of Josep Borrell and appointed Zacharopoulou as the its focal person to strengthen coordination among EU member states and accelerate efforts on sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses, especially in Africa.[17]

Political positions[edit]

In 2020, Zacharopoulou publicly criticized Vice-President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica for having taken “disturbing positions” in the past by voting against motions on sexual and reproductive health and rights.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Simon Osborne (March 28, 2019), Macron ally who mocked Brexit with cat gag to lead France's European elections campaign Daily Express.
  4. ^ CAZENAVE, Fabien (27 May 2019). "Parlement européen. Qui sont les 79 eurodéputés élus en France ?". Ouest-France.fr (in French). Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  5. ^ Emmanuelle Jowa (March 17, 2018), Julie Gayet et Chrysoula Zacharapoulou: Endométriose, l’érosion d’un tabou Paris Match.
  6. ^ Emmanuelle Jowa (March 17, 2018), Julie Gayet et Chrysoula Zacharapoulou: Endométriose, l’érosion d’un tabou Paris Match.
  7. ^ Lorna Hutchinson (June 17, 2020), Chrysoula Zacharopoulou interview: Celebrating diversity The Parliament Magazine.
  8. ^ Chrysoula Zacharopoulou European Parliament.
  9. ^ MAC MEPs in the 2019-24 legislature MEPs Against Cancer.
  10. ^ Intergroup European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC).
  11. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  12. ^ Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is established European Disability Forum, press release of 14 February 2020.
  13. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  14. ^ Aline Robert (April 3, 2020), Being a doctor is quite a commitment, says MEP working on the ‘front line’ EURACTIV.
  15. ^ Eva Moysan (April 11, 2021), Interview: «Covax est un mécanisme de coopération qui correspond totalement aux valeurs européennes» Libération.
  16. ^ Colombia será copresidente del mecanismo COVAX Ministry of Health and Social Protection, press release of April 14, 2021.
  17. ^ Foreign Affairs Council (Development), 19 November 2021 Council of the European Union, press release of 19 November 2021.
  18. ^ Jennifer Rankin (March 2, 2020), Dubravka Šuica: the woman tasked with solving EU's demographic crisis The Guardian.