Marc Botenga

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Marc Botenga
Marc Botenga (48941651437) (cropped).jpg
Member of the European
Parliament
for Belgium
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
ConstituencyFrench-speaking electoral college
Personal details
Born (1980-12-29) 29 December 1980 (age 41)
Brussels
NationalityBelgian
Political partyBelgium Belgium: Workers' Party
European Union EU: GUE/NGL
Alma materIMT Lucca

Marc Botenga (born 29 December 1980) is a Belgian politician of the Workers' Party of Belgium. Since 2019 he is member of the Ninth European Parliament as part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) party group.

Political biography[edit]

He studied law at the Université libre de Bruxelles. In 1998 he engaged in the movement advocating for the step-down of then Belgian Minister of the Interior Louis Tobback, following the assassination of asylum seeker Semira Adamu by police officers. Later, he participated in workers' mobilization against the close-down of the Forges de Clabecq iron works.[3]

In the wake of the European debt crisis beginning in 2010, Marc Botenga began to become more involved in European politics participating in actions of political support for Greece. In 2016 he became political advisor of the European GUE/NGL parliamentary group.

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

Marc Botenga has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2019 elections with the GUE/NGL group.[4] He has since been serving as member on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.[5] He supports the European Citizens' Initiative Right to Cure.[6][7]

On 15 September 2022, he was one of 16 MEPs who voted against condemning President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua for human rights violations, in particular the arrest of Bishop Rolando Álvarez. [8][9]

On 24 November 2022, he voted against the successful resolution condemning the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ (in French) political biography Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  4. ^ Marc Botenga, deputy of the European Parliament Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ Activities of Marc Botenga in the EP Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ Global vaccine shortages and patent sharing Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  7. ^ No profit on pandemic Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ "European Parliament condemns growing repression of Catholic Church in Nicaragua, calls for release of bishop".
  9. ^ "Nicaragua, in particular the arrest of the bishop Rolando Álvarez" (PDF).
  10. ^ EP Votes 24 Nov 2022