Françoise Grossetête

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Françoise Grossetête
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
20 July 1994
Constituency South-East France
Personal details
Born (1946-05-17) 17 May 1946 (age 71)
Lyon, France
Nationality French
Political party  French:
The Republicans
 EU:
European People's Party (EPP)

Françoise Grossetête (born 17 May 1946 in Lyon) is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament for the South-East of France. She is a member of the The Republicans; part of the European People's Party.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

  • Degree in public law and political science (1969) – Higher Certificate in Social and Labour Law (1969).
  • Lecturer in law in higher education (1969–1974)
  • Parliamentary assistant (1988–1997)

Political career[edit]

Career in French politics[edit]

  • Federal secretary, Loire Republican Party (1984–1994)
  • Member of the Démocratie Libérale policy bureau and national secretary for equal opportunities (until 1998)
  • National Vice-Chairwoman of the DL party, with responsibility for European and environmental issues (until 2002)
  • National secretary of the UMP (since 2002) and Vice-Chairwoman of the Loire UMP Federation (2002)
  • Member of Saint-Étienne Municipal Council (1983–2001)
  • Member of Rhône-Alpes Regional Council (1986–1998)
  • Member of the Saint-Étienne Métropole Urban Area Community Council (since 2001)
  • Second Deputy Mayor of Saint-Étienne (since 2001)

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

Grossetête was first elected Member of the European Parliament in the 1994 European elections. She has since been serving on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In this capacity, she is currently the Parliament’s rapporteur on new legislation on veterinary medicines.[2] In 2010, she led the Parliament’s negotiations the directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare.[3]

In 2016, Grossetête also joined the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector.[4][5] She previously served as member of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change (2007-2009), the Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea (2003-2004) and the Temporary Committee on Foot and Mouth Disease (2002).

In addition to her committee assignments, Grossetête has been a member of the Parliament’s delegation for relations EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee since 2014. She previously served as a member of the delegations with the Gulf States, including Yemen, (2004-2014), with Australia and New Zealand (2007-2009), and with Cyprus (1994-2004), among others. From 2010 to 2011, she also served as co-coordinator of the European Parliament’s High-Level Contact Group for Relations with the Turkish Cypriot Community in the Northern Part of the Island (CYTR).[6]

Ahead of the 2014 European elections, Grossetête lost her spot at the top of the UMP party list for the southwest constituency to Renaud Muselier and instead became number two on the list.[7] After the elections, she was voted vice chairwoman of the European People's Party Group (EPP) under the leadership of chairman Manfred Weber.[8]

In 2014, Grossetête proposed to establish a European Parliament Intergroup on Health for Citizens, including stakeholders such as the European Cancer Patients Association and the Organisation for European Cancer Institutes.[9] She is a member of the MEP Heart Group (sponsored by the European Heart Network (EHN) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)), a group of parliamentarians who have an interest in promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).[10][11]

In 2015, Grossetête and Jacek Saryusz-Wolski guided the EPP’s working groups on economy and environment and foreign affairs in developing options for getting the EU to speak with a unified voice on external energy security matters.[12]

Other activities[edit]

  • French Federation of Regional Parks, First Vice-Chairwoman
  • Pilat Regional Natural Park, Chairwoman of the Administration (since 1989)
  • Loire departmental air quality network, Chairwoman (since 1991)

Political positions[edit]

Following the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom’s European Union membership, Grossetête proposed that her hometown Lyon should be the new location for the London-based European Medicines Agency.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official page at the European Parliament
  2. ^ Peter O’Donnell (January 26, 2015), Senior MEP has big plans for health European Voice.
  3. ^ Jennifer Rankin (December 22, 2014), Deal struck on cross-border healthcare European Voice.
  4. ^ Peter Teffer (December 16, 2015), EP Dieselgate committee packed with opponents EUobserver.
  5. ^ Alissa de Carbonnel and Barbara Lewis (January 21, 2016), European Parliament set to hold inquiry into VW emissions scandal Reuters.
  6. ^ The no-contact group European Voice, July 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Dave Keating (January 22, 2014), UMP selects European Parliament candidates European Voice.
  8. ^ Cécile Barbière (June 16, 2014), Germany capitalises on French loss of influence in Parliament EurActiv.
  9. ^ Peter O’Donnell (November 6, 2014), MEPs seek coherence on health policy European Voice.
  10. ^ Supporters MEP Heart Group.
  11. ^ Supporters MEP Heart Group.
  12. ^ Anca Gurzu (September 2, 2015), tension on energy security Politico Europe.
  13. ^ Peter O’Donnell (June 30, 2016), Lyon pitched to house EMA post Brexit Politico Europe.

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