|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
1 July 2009
|Born||24 January 1966|
|Political party|| Austrian|
Social Democratic Party of Austria
Party of European Socialists
|Alma mater||Vienna University|
Evelyn Regner (born 24 January 1966) is an Austrian politician and Member of the European Parliament from Austria. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
Early life and education
Regner grew up in the second district of Vienna and went to school at Sigmund-Freud-Gymnasium. She graduated from gymnasium and went on to study law in Vienna and Salzburg. After obtaining her degree in law studies at the University of Salzburg and finishing up her clerkship, she first worked at Amnesty International as a refugee consultant during 1992-1993.
The following years Evelyn Regner built up her career as a lawyer at the Social Department of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) before becoming the head of ÖGB's Brussels office at the permanent representation of Austria at the EU in 1999. From the time period of January 2009 until her election to the European parliament she was named the head of the department of EU and International Affairs of the Austrian Trade Federation.
Further memberships that Evelyn Regner has taken up in this time period were of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and of the Social Dialogue Committee. Moreover, she was a board member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as well as the Trade Union and Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).
In July 2009, the mother of two children was first elected a member of the European Parliament and has been representing the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) as well as the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group in the EU during the 7th and currently 8th legislative term.
In Vienna as well as Brussels, Regner's main focus has always been on labour-related affairs, namely the improvement of workers' rights and the reduction of unemployment. Additionally, she is dedicating her work to arising matters of financial markets and inequality in the fields of gender politics, taxes and wealth.
Member of the European Parliament
Her functions during the 7th legislative term of the European Parliament included those of the vice-chairwoman of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL), substitute member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community and substitute member of the Delegation in Israel. In addition to her committee assignments, Regner was a member of the European Parliament’s Advisory Committee on the Conduct of Members from 2012 until 2014.
In her current mandate, after being re-elected in 2014, Regner has been named the coordinator of the Committee on Legal Affairs for the S&D group, substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs as well as substitute member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). Further, she is a member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community, the Trade Union Intergroup, the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and a substitute member of the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee. Moreover, she has been elected a member of the special parliamentary committee on tax ruling (TAXE) in February 2015. In addition to her committee assignments, Regner is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.