Evelyne Gebhardt

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Evelyne Gebhardt
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Member of the European Parliament for Germany
Assumed office
(21 years, 209 days)
Personal details
Born (1954-01-19) 19 January 1954 (age 62)
Paris, France
Political party  German:
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists

Evelyne Gebhardt (born 19 January 1954 in Paris) is a German politician. Since 1994 she has been a Member of the European Parliament representing the SPD. Her main interests are bio-ethics, consumer protection and citizens' rights.

Early life and education[edit]

Gebhardt was born in a suburb of Paris. After graduating from Lycée Lamartine in 1972, Gebhardt became the first in her family to go to university. She studied at the University Paris Diderot, the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart, studying linguistics, political science and political economy. She subsequently worked as a freelance translator, and moved to Germany in 1975. Since 1992 she has been Chair of the Working Group of Social-Democratic Women. After working in local politics with the SPD, she took out German nationality in 1993, which allowed her to stand for elected office.[1]

In 1999, Gebhardt was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (with ribbon).

Member of the European Parliament, 1994–present[edit]

Evelyne Gebhardt is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the Delegation for Relations with the People's Republic of China. She is also a substitute member for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula. In addition, she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Western Sahara.[2]

Gebhardt is best known for her role in shaping the controversial Services Directive in 2005 and 2006. The directive had aimed at opening up the European Single Market to competition amongst service providers but was, after much political pressure from mostly western and southern EU countries, subsequently watered down by the European Parliament. Evelyne Gebhardt was parliamentary rapporteur for the directive and played an important role in facilitating an agreement with the European People's Party which allowed Parliament to pass the directive with a huge majority and thereby forcing EU governments to follow their line.

Other activities[edit]

  • Europa-Union Deutschland, Member of the Presidium
  • German Academy for Ethics in Medicine (AEM), Member
  • Association of Free Art Schools in Baden-Württemberg, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie, Member
  • Marie-Schlei-Verein, Member

External links[edit]

Media related to Evelyne Gebhardt at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ Martin Banks (October 19, 2005), Touchy Feeler European Voice.
  2. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.