Jan-Christoph Oetjen

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Jan-Christoph Oetjen
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Assumed office
16 January 2024
Serving with See List
PresidentRoberta Metsola
Preceded byNicola Beer
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978 (age 46)
Rotenburg an der Wümme, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political party
Alma materUniversity of Hannover

Jan-Christoph Oetjen (born 21 February 1978 in Rotenburg an der Wümme) is a German politician of the Free Democratic Party who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. In 2024, he became one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Oetjen studied economics at the University of Hannover.

Political career[edit]

Career in state politics[edit]

Oetjen joined the FDP in 1995. He first became a member of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony in the 2003 state elections, and was subsequently re-elected three times. From 2003 until 2011, he served as his parliamentary group's spokesperson on agriculture policy.

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present[edit]

In October 2018, Oetjen was elected candidate for the 2019 European elections by his party. In parliament, he is active in the following committees and delegations in various functions:


TRAN - Committee on Transport and Tourism


DACP - Delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly


DEVE - Committee on Development

LIBE - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

DROI - Subcommittee on Human Rights

DMAS - Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries

In addition to his committee assignments, Oetjen is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity[2] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas.[3]

In March 2024, Oetjen was one of twenty MEPs to be given a "Rising Star" award at The Parliament Magazine's annual MEP Awards[4]

Personal life[edit]

Oetjen is married to a French woman. The couple has two daughters.[5]

Other activities[edit]

  • Sparkasse Rotenburg-Osterholz, Member of the Supervisory Board


  1. ^ Jan-Christoph Oetjen elected Parliament Vice-President European Parliament, press release of 16 January 2024.
  2. ^ Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity European Parliament.
  3. ^ Members 2019-2024 European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas.
  4. ^ "MEP Awards 2024 - The Rising Stars". The Parliament Magazine. 21 March 2024. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  5. ^ Gabriele Bode (March 28, 2019), Europa ist ihm eine Herzensangelegenheit Nordwest-Zeitung.