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Maria Martens

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Maria Johanna Theodora Martens (born 8 January 1955 in Doetinchem, Gelderland) is a Dutch politician. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal. From 2011 until 2019 she was a member of the Dutch Senate.

From 1999 to 2009 she was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). There she was a member of the bureau of the EPP-ED group in the European Parliament and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Development.

She was also a substitute for the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and a member of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.


  • Higher degree in theology (1984)
  • NIMA (Netherlands Marketing Institute) A and B diplomas
  • Lecturer in Life Philosophy (1984)
  • Foreign Affairs Secretary, Netherlands Mission Council (1984–1988)
  • Study secretary, VKMO (Association of Catholic Social Organisations) (1988–1999)
  • Chairwoman, Nijmegen CDA
  • Member of the party council
  • Member of the editorial team of CD Verkenningen
  • Chairwoman, European Forum of National Committees of the Laity (1996–2000)
  • Chairwoman, Netherlands Episcopal Committee for the year 2000 (1996–2000)
  • Member of the governing board of the Catholic Theological University, Utrecht (since 1998)
  • Commissioner for recreation in the Veluwe area (RGV)
  • Member of the executive board of the World Population Fund (WPF)
  • Member of the European Parliament (since 1999)
  • Awarded knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau (2009)
  • Decorated in Order of St. Gregory the Great (2024).


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