Frédérique Ries

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Frédérique Ries
Frédérique Ries (2010)
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
20 July 2004
In office
20 July 1999 – 11 February 2004
Personal details
Born (1959-05-14) 14 May 1959 (age 58)
Balen, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
Political party Mouvement Réformateur (MR)
Occupation politician

Frédérique Ries (born 14 May 1959) is a Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament for the French Community of Belgium with the MR/MCC/PRL, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Early life and career[edit]

Ries graduated in Economics and mastered in Journalism at the University of Liège, in 1981.

She was Commercial Director at Radio FM56 from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, she is hired at RTL (Radio Télévision Luxembourg) first in Luxembourg, as a Producer and TV Presenter from 1984 to 1987, then in Brussels where she edits and presents the news from 1987 to 1998.

Political career[edit]

In 1999, Ries joins the MR (PRL back then) to become a candidate on the European elections list. Elected Member of the European Parliament since 1999, she follows particularly health, environment and food safety issues. In this capacity, she has been the Parliament’s rapporteur on a proposal to restrict cultivation of genetically modified organisms since 2014.[1]

Re-elected in June 2009 with more than 116,000 votes, she is the 5th French-speaking political personality through all political parties in Belgium.


  • 1981-1984: Commercial director, Radio FM56
  • 1984-1987: Producer and presenter, RTL-TV Luxembourg
  • 1987-1998: Journalist, RTL-TVI (editing and presenting the news and other programmes on topical events)
  • 1999-2004: Member of the European Parliament
  • 2004: State Secretary for European Affairs and Foreign Affairs
  • 2004-today: Member of the European Parliament

See also: European Parliament election, 2004


  1. ^ Toby Vogel (September 11, 2014), Committees choose rapporteurs European Voice.

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