Gilles Pargneaux

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Gilles Pargneaux (born 24 March 1957 in Harcigny) is a French Socialist (PS) politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North-West constituency from 2009 until 2019. He is also the leader of the PS federation in Lille.

In 2009, the PS selected Pargneaux to lead the PS list in the North-West constituency ahead of the 2009 European elections. His list won 18.09% and two seats, so he was elected to the European Parliament.

Throughout his time in the European Parliament, Pargneaux served as member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In this capacity, he led the parliament’s negotiations with the Council on more coordinated responses to cross-border health threats in 2013.[1] From 2014, he was the committee’s vice-chairman. In this capacity, he represented the Parliament at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.[2]

In addition, Pargneaux served on the Committee on Budgetary Control and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence from 2014 until 2019.

Pargneaux was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean and headed the ‘Friends of Morocco’ group in the European Parliament.[3] In 2014, he advocated for a renewed EU–Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement.[4]