Sven Giegold

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Sven Giegold

Sven Giegold, Gruene NRW LDK Hagen 2009.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1969-11-17) 17 November 1969 (age 50)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Political party German:
Alliance '90/The Greens
The Greens–European Free Alliance
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham

Sven Giegold (born 17 November 1969) is a German politician and member of the European Parliament from Germany. He is a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens, part of the European Green Party.

He is a founding member of Attac Germany. He became a member of the Greens only in 2008, and was elected to the European Parliament in the 2009 elections.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Giegold grew up in Hanover, Lower Saxony. He enrolled at the University of Lüneburg in 1991 majoring in political science and economics, and later attended the University of Bremen. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Birmingham in 1996.[2] He returned to the University of Bremen to pursue his Ph.D. under supervision of Jörg Huffschmid, but later abandoned his studies in favor of his political career.

Political career[edit]

Sven Giegold MEP speaking about ‘how to tame the bankers’ at an event held by the Oxford University European Affairs Society in Trinity College, Oxford.

Giegold was one of the 200 founding members of Attac's German branch in 2000 and was one of their most notable activists until 2008.[1][2]

Giegold was elected to the European Parliament in the 2009 elections. He has since been serving on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In this capacity, he was responsible for draft legislation to set up the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in 2010.[3] In 2013, in their capacity as the parliament’s lead negotiators, Giegold and fellow MEP Marianne Thyssen reached an inter-institutional compromise agreement on creating the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) with the member states.[4] Since 2014, he has been the Greens–European Free Alliance group co-ordinator for the committee.[5]

Between 2009 and 2011, Giegold was a member of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. Since 2015, he has also been a member of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect. From 2016 until 2017, he joined the Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) that investigated the Panama Papers revelations and tax avoidance schemes more broadly.

In addition, Giegold is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.[6]

Giegold was a Green Party delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2010.

Political positions[edit]

Following the 2014 elections, Giegold joined fellow MEPs Othmar Karas, Sylvie Goulard, Sophie in 't Veld and Alessia Mosca in an open letter aimed at exerting pressure on the President of the European Commission and national government leaders during the nominations process to improve the gender balance in the composition of the European Commission.[7]

Since 2016, Giegold has been sponsoring a proposal that would redefine how the assembly defines lobbying and set new rules for how MEPs could meet with people trying to influence legislation.[8]

Giegold was the winner of the Economic and Monetary Award Affairs, MEP Awards 2017.[9]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sven Giegold: Grün hinter den Ohren", Handelsblatt, 1 June 2009
  2. ^ a b TAZ: Sven Giegold Bio Archived 2009-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Jim Brunsden (February 17, 2010), Council at odds with MEPs over reforms European Voice.
  4. ^ Dave Keating (September 10, 2013), MEPs reach banking supervision deal with ECB European Voice.
  5. ^ Political groups select committee co-ordinators European Voice, July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  7. ^ Cynthia Kroet (June 26, 2014), A shortage of women round the Commission table European Voice.
  8. ^ James Panichi and Quentin Ariès (April 19, 2016), MEPs try to dilute new lobbying rules Politico Europe.
  9. ^ "MEP Awards 2017 - Winners". MEP Awards. Dods Parliamentary Communications Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  10. ^ Committee on Sustainable Development Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).
  11. ^ Members Institut Solidarische Moderne (ISM).

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