Jo Leinen

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Jo Leinen (2014)

Jo Leinen (born April 6, 1948 in Bisten (Sarre)) is a Member of the European Parliament representing Germany. He was elected on the SPD ticket and acts as a representative within the Party of European Socialists group. He is well known for his support for a Federal Europe.

He obtained a law degree in Germany in 1972 and a Certificate of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, in 1974. Since 1977 he has worked as a lawyer.

Extraparliamentary tasks[edit]

Leinen became publicly known as a spokesman of the Anti-nuclear movement Anti-AKW- and the Peace movement (1980), he was also active for the Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz (BBU). He received the nickname "container-Jo" during a demonstration, having climbed a container in order to coordinate protest actions by megaphone.[1] Because of his participation at a demonstration against the Brokdorf Nuclear Power Plant Kernkraftwerk Brokdorf (1981), he was briefly charged with being "guide and headman" of a rioting 'mob', however the Federal Constitutional Court eventually dropped charges against him, ruling that there can not be a case of "guide and headman" during collective actions. (One of his defenders at the time was Gerhard Schröder, former Chancellor of the BRD.) [2]

Party[edit]

Jo Leinen is a member of the SPD and had different functions:

  • 1977–1979: Europe-Secretary of the youth of the SPD
  • 1981–1985: member of the committee of environment of the SPD
  • 1985–1999: member of the state-directorate of the SPD Saar
  • 1996 until today: member of the Europe-Commission of the SPD

State-policy[edit]

He was Minister of the Environment in the State of Saarland (1985–1994) then a Member of the Landtag of Saarland until 1999. He has been President of the Union of European Federalists since 1997. Since 2004 he is member of the Advisory Council of the Committee for a Democratic UN.

1999 Leinen was also member of the municipal council of Püttlingen/Saar.

European Parliament (EP)[edit]

He has been elected Member of the European Parliament without interruption since 1999.[3]

He is concentrated on environment, the development of the unification of the European Union and on foreign affairs. Since 2004 he is the President of some key Committees and Delegations in the EP.

EP Parliamentary activities, membership in Committees and in Delegations[edit]

Parliamentary activities [4]
Speeches in Plenary Reports - as rapporteur Opinions - as rapporteur Motions for resolutions Written declarations Parliamentary questions
5th Legislature
1999-2004
48 5 0 4 3 11
6th Legislature
2004-2009
83 11 1 8 5 21
7th Legislature
2009-2014
80 4 5 14 3 52
8th Legislature
2014-2019
14 0 0 7 0 7
Membership in EP Committees [5]
President Vice-President Full member Substitute Member
5th Legislature
(1st half)
1999-2002
Committee on
Constitutional Affairs
Committee on Budgets
5th Legislature
(2nd half)
2002-2004
Committee on
Constitutional Affairs
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defense Policy
6th Legislature 2004-2009 Committee on
Constitutional Affairs
Committee on Foreign Affairs
7th Legislature
(1st half)
2009-2012
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on Foreign Affairs
7th Legislature
(2nd half)
2012-2014
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on Foreign Affairs
8th Legislature
2014-2019
Committee on
Constitutional Affairs
Committee on Foreign Affairs

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Membership in EP Delegations [6]
President Full member Substitute Member
5th Legislature
1999-2004
Delegation to the EU-Romania
Joint Parliamentary Committee
6th Legislature
(1st half)
2004-2007
Delegation for relations with the
countries of South Asia and the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
Delegation to the ACP-EU
Joint Parliamentary Assembly
6th Legislature
(2nd half)
2007-2009
Delegation for relations with the
countries of South Asia
Delegation to the ACP-EU
Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Delegation for relations with India
7th Legislature 2009-2014 Delegation for relations with India Delegation to the ACP-EU
Joint Parliamentary Assembly
8th Legislature
2014-2019
Delegation for relations with the
People's Republic of China
Delegation to the ACP-EU
Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Commitment to European ideal[edit]

He was member in the Committee of the Regions from 1995 to 1999 and in the Congress of the Regions and Communes of the Council of Europe. Currently, he is member of different organisations of culture, social and sport; and also vice-president of EUROSOLAR e.V (1988-2005) and member of the Parliamentarian Working Group of the Advisory Board of "A Soul for Europe".

Jo Leinen was chairman of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) (JEF) (1977–1979) and vice-president of the European Environment Bureau (EEB) in Brussels (1979–1984). He was President of the UEF (1977–2005). He served as vice-president of the European Movement International from 2005 to 2011 until in November 2011 he was elected president of the organisation.

Memberships[edit]

Distinctions[edit]

  • 1985: award from the environment foundation

Publications[edit]

  • Öffentlichkeit in Europa: Europäische Öffentlichkeit als neuer Antrieb für europäische Politik, in: Claudio Franzius/ Ulrich K. Preuss (Hrsg.), Europäische Öffentlichkeit, Baden-Baden 2004, S.31–37.
  • zusammen mit Justus Schönau: Auf dem Weg zur europäischen Demokratie. Politische Parteien auf EU-Ebene: neue Entwicklungen, in: Integration, 3/2003, S. 218–227.

External links[edit]

Itemisation[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kverlagundmultimedia.de/Archivb/Chronologisch_2002/Spree_am_Ostbahnhof/spree_am_ostbahnhof.html
  2. ^ http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/grundrechte/demogeschichte.html
  3. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch/view.do?country=DE&partNumber=2&language=DE&id=4262
  4. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/4262/JO_LEINEN_history.html
  5. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/4262/JO_LEINEN_history.html
  6. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/4262/JO_LEINEN_history.html