Ingeborg Gräßle

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Ingeborg Gräßle

Ingeborg Gräßle. Committee on Budgets meeting. Brussels Belgium. May 2 2012. Picture 2.jpg
Chair of the European Parliament Budgetary Control Committee
Assumed office
7 July 2014
Preceded byLuigi de Magistris
Member of the European Parliament
In office
13 June 2004 – 2019
Personal details
Ingeborg Helen Gräßle

(1961-03-02) 2 March 1961 (age 58)
Heidenheim, West Germany
Political party German:
Christian Democratic Union
European People's Party
Alma mater
WebsiteOfficial website

Ingeborg Helen Gräßle (born 2 March 1961) is a German politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 until 2019. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, part of the European People's Party. Among other roles, she served as chair of the Budgetary Control Committee.

As the co-rapporteur for the revision of the financial regulation, approved in the plenary in October 2012, Gräßle was instrumental in the negotiation of a compromise between the European Institutions.[1] Gräßle is well known within the EU as a strong proponent of increased transparency and accountability for the Institutions.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gräßle was born in 1961 in the town of Großkuchen, located in the Heidenheim district of Baden-Württemberg,[3] Germany, where she attended elementary school until 1971. She attended high school at Hellenstein-Gymnasium Heidenheim until 1980, after which she completed a two-year internship with Augsburger Allgemeine, where she subsequently worked as an editor from 1982 to 1984.

After leaving editorial work in 1984, Gräßle enrolled at the University of Stuttgart, where she earned a master's degree in romance languages, history, and political science in 1989. She spent a year studying at the Institut d'études politiques in Paris, France, and in 1990, she took a job as the Director of Public Relations for Konrad-Adenauer-Haus (the German national headquarters for the Christian Democratic Union) in Bonn, Germany.

In 1994 Gräßle earned her PhD in political science from the Free University of Berlin. Her dissertation, the "Der europäische Fernseh-Kulturkanal ARTE : deutsch-französische Medienpolitik zwischen europäischem Anspruch und nationaler Wirklichkeit", examined the Franco-German television network, ARTE and explored the relationship between European standards and national realities.[4]

Political career[edit]


From 1995 to 1996 Gräßle was the spokeswoman for Rüsselsheim am Main, the largest town in the Groß-Gerau district of the Rhein-Main region. In 1996 Gräßle was elected to the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg where she served until 2004 when she was elected to the European Parliament.

Since 1999, Gräßle has served as the Vice-Chair of the CDU Women's Union of Baden-Württemberg, a member of the Heidenheim District Council, and a member of the CDU Bureau in Baden-Württemberg. In 2001 she was appointed as the Deputy District Chair of the CDU in Northern Baden-Württemberg, and the District Chair of the CDU in Heidenheim.

Gräßle was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in May 2004.

Member of the European Parliament, 2004-2019[edit]

Gräßle was elected to the European Parliament and began her first term on 20 August 2004. She was re-elected in 2009 and 2014.

Gräßle acted as the co-rapporteur, along with Crescenzio Rivellini, and lead parliamentary negotiator on legislation which created a new set of rules that govern the implementation of EU funds, known commonly as the financial regulation;[2][5] the European Parliament acted as co-legislator with the European Commission for the first time while drafting the new financial regulation that entered into force in January 2013.[6]



  • Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU Delegation in the European Parliament
  • Coordinator of the EPP group in the Committee on Budgetary Control



  • Chairperson of the Committee on Budgetary Control
  • Member of the Conference of Committee Chairs
  • Member of the Committee on Budgets
  • Member of the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China
  • Substitute Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

During her time on the Committee on Budgetary Control, Gräßle led fact-finding missions to Hungary in 2011 and 2017 to visit multiple controversial EU-funded projects.[7]

Before the 2019 election, Gräßle was listed as number 5 on the local election list by the CDU Baden-Würtemberg. This fifth place made her the first woman on the list. The local CDU could only win four seats, and so all were taken by men. In an interview she spoke of an "old boys" network in the party with no interest in change. In the same interview, she also criticized the fact that there were no MEPs for the CDU of immigrant background.[8]

Gräßle was not re-elected in the 2019 elections.

Political positions[edit]

Ahead of the Christian Democrats' leadership election in 2018, Gräßle publicly endorsed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the party's chair.[9]


In December 2017, the Committee on Legal Affairs decided to waive Gräßle's immunity after she had caused a car accident in which a person suffered a shoulder injury.[10]


  • 2013 – Taxpayers Prize of the Tax Payers' Association of Europe (jointly with Michel Barnier)


  1. ^ Toby Vogel (June 25, 2012). "EU agrees changes to spending rules". European Voice. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Constant Brand (October 28, 2012). "Stubborn reformer". European Voice. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "European Parliament/MEPs". Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Der europäische Fernseh-Kulturkanal ARTE : deutsch-französische Medienpolitik zwischen europäischem Anspruch und nationaler Wirklichkeit / Inge Grässle". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Financial Regulation and Rules of Application". October 30, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Gaspard Sebag (October 23, 2012). "EP plenary signs off on new spending rules". Europolitics. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Lily Bayer (September 19, 2017), In Hungary, big trouble over little train Politico Europe.
  8. ^ Eder, Florian (10 June 2019). "POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Time to say goodbye — Team France fizzles — Blondes have more fun". POLITICO. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  9. ^ Karin Fuchs (December 5, 2018), CDU-Parteivorsitz: So stimmen Gräßle und Kiesewetter ab Südwest Presse.
  10. ^ Report on the request for waiver of the immunity of Ingeborg Gräßle, 8 December 2017 (2017/2220(IMM)) European Parliament.

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