|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2009
1 July 1952 |
|Political party|| German:
Christian Democratic Union
European People's Party
|Alma mater||Humboldt University of Berlin|
Joachim Zeller (born 1 July 1952) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party.
Early life and career
Born in Opole, Upper Silesia, Zeller attended the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1977 to 1992, he was employed at the university library as a research associate. From 1996 to 2006, he served as mayor of the Berlin borough of Mitte.
Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present
Zeller has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2009 European elections. In his first term between 2009 and 2014, he served on the Committee on Regional Development. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control.
Since 2009, Zeller has been a member of the parliament’s delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. In 2014, he also joined the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Zeller regularly monitors elections on behalf of the European Parliament. He was a member of the parliament’s 15-member monitoring mission for Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2012, led by Pawel Kowal. He also took part in the following monitoring mission during the Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2014, this time led by Andrej Plenković.
During the Azerbaijani presidential elections in 2013, Zeller participated in the official election observation mission by the European Parliament, led by Pino Arlacchi; the resulting report on the election was subsequently criticized as markedly kinder than the verdict of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which found significant problems with every stage of the campaign, including intimidation of candidates and voters, the stuffing of ballot boxes, and intimidation of journalists.
In April 2012, Zeller was one of 28 EP politicians who voted against a move to restrict the export of spy gear and censorship tools to autocratic regimes.
- Pole to head election mission in Ukraine European Voice, September 27, 2012.
- Jeanette Minns (October 9, 2014), Parliament’s mission to Ukrainian elections European Voice.
- Andrew Gardner and Toby Vogel (October 16, 2013), European Parliament goes soft on flawed Azerbaijan election European Voice.
- "Who Voted Against Restricting Sales of Spy Tech to Dictators? These European Politicians". Slate.com. 19 April 2012.
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