Margrete Auken

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Margrete Auken
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
20 July 2004
Constituency Denmark
Member of the Folketing
In office
22 October 1979 – 20 July 2004
Constituency Århus
Personal details
Born Margrete Helle Auken
(1945-01-06) 6 January 1945 (age 72)
Århus, Denmark
Political party  Danish
Socialistisk Folkeparti
European Green Party
Spouse(s) Erik Aksel Nielsen
Relations Svend Auken (Brother)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Copenhagen
Religion Church of Denmark

Margrete Helle Auken (born 6 January 1945) is an Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Denmark. She is a member of the Socialistisk Folkeparti, part of the European Green Party.

Her brother is Svend Auken. Margrete Auken was educated at the University of Copenhagen, and was a member of the Danish parliament from October 1979 to December 1990 and from September 1994 to June 2004.

She is a sognepræst (parish priest) at the Frederiksberg Church in the Church of Denmark.

When she was elected as the sole candidate for SF for the European Parliament in 2004[1] she sparked an uproar in SF by choosing to join the European Green Party – European Free Alliance instead of the European United Left – Nordic Green League without the approval of SF.

Auken's daughter Ida Auken is also a priest and politician; she was Minister of the Environment in the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt I.


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