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Dagmar Roth-Behrendt

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Dagmar Roth-Behrendt (born 21 February 1953, in Frankfurt am Main) is a German lawyer who served as Member of the European Parliament. She was elected on the SPD ticket and sat with the Party of European Socialists group.

Political career[edit]

Roth-Behrendt was a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2014. From 2004 until 2007 and from 2009 to 2012 she served as one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament, first under the leadership of President Josep Borrell and later Jerzy Buzek.

Throughout her time in parliament, Roth-Behrendt served on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In 1997, she chaired the temporary committee of inquiry into the European Commission's dealing with a BSE outbreak.[1] She later served as rapporteur on the EU medical device regulation.[2][3]

In addition to her committee assignments, Roth-Behrendt was part of the Parliament's delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand from 1994 until 2004.[4] In 2013, she was one of six candidates for the post of European Ombudsman; the role eventually went to Emily O’Reilly instead.[5]

Life after politics[edit]

Since 2015, Roth-Behrendt has been serving as Special Adviser to Development Cooperation to European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis on reforming the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE).[6][7] From 2016 to 2022, she also served on the Commission's Independent Ethical Committee.[8][9][10]


Personal life[edit]

Roht-Behrendt is married to former European Commission official Horst Reichenbach.


  1. ^ Leyla Linton (November 19, 1997), MEPs appeased by BSE reforms European Voice.
  2. ^ Dave Keating (October 22, 2013), MEPs back stricter scrutiny of medical implants European Voice.
  3. ^ Ben Hirschler (June 26, 2013), Industry fears investment drain as EU weighs new medtech rules Reuters.
  4. ^ "5th parliamentary term | Dagmar ROTH-BEHRENDT | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. 1953-02-21. Retrieved 2024-05-28.
  5. ^ Toby Vogel (May 21, 2013), Candidates for EU ombudsman announced European Voice.
  6. ^ Special Advisers to the President, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners of the European Commission European Commission.
  7. ^ Simon Taylor (March 9, 2015), European Commission special advisers European Voice.
  8. ^ Commission decision: Appointments to the Ad Hoc Ethical Committee 2016 - C(2016) 4507 European Commission, 11 July 2016.
  9. ^ Quentin Ariès (February 28, 2017), Watchdog to investigate handling of Barroso’s Goldman move Politico Europe.
  10. ^ Sarah Wheaton (21 July 2022), Revolving door jam Politico Europe.

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