Els de Groen

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Els de Groen
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Els de Groen (1987)
Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-12-23) 23 December 1949 (age 67)
The Hague
Political party Europa Transparant, The Greens–European Free Alliance
Profession Journalist, writer, politician

Elly de Groen-Kouwenhoven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛli də ˈɣruŋˈkʌu̯ə(n)ˌɦoːvə(n)];[1] born 23 December 1949 in The Hague as Elly Kouwenhoven, and now generally known as Els de Groen) is a Dutch author and politician, who served as a Member of the European Parliament 2004–2009. She was a member of Europe Transparent, which sat with the Greens/EFA party group. As a MEP, she was a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Petitions, as well as a member of the delegation to the EUBulgaria Joint Parliamentary Committee and a substitute for the delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Europe.


  • Senior secondary teaching certificate
  • French teacher (1970–1975)
  • Writer, essayist and commentator
  • Literary reviewer, children's books (1985–1992)
  • Editor of the Algemeen Dagblad's children's newspaper (1986–1989)
  • Has worked for 20 years on news magazines
  • Author of various works of fiction and non-fiction for adults
  • Her work over the last 20 years has placed a strong emphasis on Eastern Europe
  • Unpaid adviser to the Dutch foundation 'Roma-Emancipatie' in Oss (since 2002)
  • Various literary awards


  1. ^ Groen in isolation: [ˈɣrun].

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