Renate Sommer

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Renate Sommer
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 1999
Personal details
Born (1958-09-10) 10 September 1958 (age 63)
Bochum, Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
European People's Party

Renate Sommer (born 10 September 1958) is a German politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 until 2019. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party.[1]

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

Between 1999 and 2009, Sommer served on the Committee on Transport and Tourism. From 2009 to 2014, she was a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Since 2014, Sommer has been the president of the European Parliament Beer Club.[2] In 2010 she was the rapporteur of the directive on food labelling[2] and she opposes any EU-wide approach to alcohol regulation, citing cultural differences across countries.[3]

In 2019, during the debate of the new General Food Law Regulation which followed the controversial reauthorisation of glyphosate, she opposed an increased transparency for the European Food Safety Authority, but the plenary of the European Parliament in December 2018 rejected her proposals and she resigned from her position as rapporteur. The regulation was eventually passed in April 2019 without her proposals.[2][4]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ "Renate SOMMER". Your MEPs. European Parliament. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Transparency for public trust? After the glyphosate scandal, EU increases transparency of food industry toxicity data". Corporate Europe Observatory. 2019-04-16.
  3. ^ Aleksandra Terzieva (May 27, 2015), Pharma wins first round in booze battle Politico Europe.
  4. ^ "Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain". 2018/0088(COD).