Katrin Langensiepen

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Katrin Langensiepen
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1979-10-10) 10 October 1979 (age 44)
Langenhagen, West Germany
Political party German
Alliance 90/The Greens
European Green Party

Katrin Langensiepen (born 10 October 1979) is a German politician of the Alliance 90/The Greens who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since the 2019 elections. Langensiepen is the first woman Member of the European Parliament with a visible disability.

Political career[edit]

Before her election to the European Parliament, Langensiepen had been serving as a member of the City Council of Hannover.[1] Langensiepen has called for reforms to the system of sheltered workshops in Europe, which offer vocational training to people with disabilities. According to Langensiepen "in Germany, we are talking about 300,000 people working in the sheltered workshops for one euro average per hour".[2]

In parliament, Langensiepen has since been serving on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.[3] In 2022, she also joined the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic.[4][5]

In addition to her committee assignments, Langensiepen is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights,[6] the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability[7] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Cancer.[8] She is one of the few visibly disabled members of the European Parliament.[9]

Other activities[edit]

Katrin Langensiepen presenting herself in a video produced by Heinrich Böll Foundation/Green European Foundation.


  1. ^ Doeleke, Karl (6 June 2020). "Früher Rat heute EU-Parlament – wie geht es Ihnen, Frau Langensiepen?". Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved 29 December 2020. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ "Apostles of Intersectionality Challenge Europe – Transcript". EU Scream. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  3. ^ "Alle Gewählte in alphabetischer Reihenfolge". Der Bundeswahlleiter (in German). Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  4. ^ Members of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic European Parliament.
  5. ^ Parliament names MEPs to sit on three new committees European Parliament, press release of 24 March 2022.
  6. ^ Intergroup on Children’s Rights European Parliament.
  7. ^ Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is established European Disability Forum, press release of 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ Intergroup European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC).
  9. ^ Hurtes, Sarah (25 November 2023). "Despite Bans, Disabled Women Are Still Being Sterilized in Europe". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 26 November 2023.
  10. ^ General Assembly Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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