Marcel de Graaff

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Marcel de Graaff

Chair of Europe of Nations and Freedom
Assumed office
15 June 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Parliamentary leader of the Party for Freedom in the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded byLucas Hartong[1]
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
ConstituencyNetherlands
Parliamentary Leader of the Party for Freedom in the Senate
In office
25 September 2012 – 10 June 2014
Preceded byMachiel de Graaf
Succeeded byMarjolein Faber
Member of the Senate of the Netherlands
In office
7 June 2011 – 1 July 2014
Personal details
Born
M.J.R.L. de Graaff

(1962-04-07) 7 April 1962 (age 57)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Political partyParty for Freedom
Europe of Nations and Freedom
Alma materRadboud University Nijmegen

M. J. R. L.Marcelde Graaff (Dutch: [ˈmɑrsɛl də ɣraːf]; born 7 April 1962) is a Dutch politician. He has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Netherlands since 2014. He represents the Party for Freedom and he is co-president of the Europe of Nations and Freedom. He studied theology and worked as an IT consultant, secondary school religion teacher, and manager at KPN. He was a member of the Senate of the Netherlands for the Party for Freedom from 2011 to 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Marcel de Graaff was born on 7 April 1962 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.[2]

De Graaff studied theology at the Radboud University Nijmegen between 1981 and 1988.[3]

Career[edit]

Before politics[edit]

He worked as a consultant for IT & Operations from 1 August 1989.[3] He was a religion teacher at a secondary school in Rotterdam from 1 January 2010 until 1 July 2010.[2] He also was a manager for KPN telecommunications company.[4]

Party for Freedom[edit]

De Graaff was a member of the Senate of the Netherlands representing the Party for Freedom from 7 June 2011 until 1 July 2014. He was parliamentary group leader of the Party for Freedom in the Senate from 25 September 2012 until 10 June 2014.[2]

De Graaff was the top candidate of the Party for Freedom for the 2014 European Parliament elections.[5] He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands since 1 July 2014. He has also been the parliamentary group leader of the Party for Freedom in the European Parliament since the beginning of his term as an MEP.[2]

In 2015, far-right MEPs founded the Europe of Nations and Freedom group. Marine Le Pen and De Graaff have been its first co-presidents since 15 June 2015.[6]

On 28 October 2015, De Graaff voted multiple times for Le Pen in her absence, which is against the European Parliament's rules. Parliament president Martin Schulz withheld 1,530 in allowances as a punitive measure.[7]

Personal life[edit]

De Graaff is a Roman Catholic and lives in Rotterdam.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marcel de Graaff PVV-lijsttrekker Europees Parlement" (in Dutch), Nu.nl, 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Drs. M.J.R.L. (Marcel) de Graaff" (in Dutch), Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Drs. M.J.R.L. de Graaff (PVV)". Senate of the Netherlands. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  4. ^ Opgave van de financiële belangen van de leden (in Dutch), European Parliament. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  5. ^ "De Graaff PVV-lijsttrekker in Europa" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. ^ Julie Levy-Abegnoli, "Far right MEPs form EU parliamentary group", The Parliament Magazine, 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ Peter Teffer, "Dutch MEP to lose €1,530 in Le Pen voting penalty", EUobserver, 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2017.

External links[edit]

  • Marcel de Graaff at the website of the European Parliament
  • (in Dutch) Marcel de Graaff at the website of the European Parliament delegation of the Party for Freedom