Sylvie Goulard

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Syvlie Goulard
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Member of the European Parliament
for West France
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1964-12-06) 6 December 1964 (age 52)
Marseille, France
Political party Democratic Movement
Alma mater Aix-Marseille University
Institute of Political Studies,

National School of
Administration, Strasbourg

Sylvie Goulard (born 6 December 1964 in Marseille) is a French politician. She was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the West region of France in the 2009 European elections. As an MEP she is a member of the Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs, and ALDE group coordinator, as well as a substitute member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2010 she participated to the creation of the federalist interparliamentarian Spinelli Group. She is a member of MoDem's national executive board and Sylvie is also a foreign affairs advisor, and former president of the Mouvement Européen France fr:Mouvement Europeen-France, the oldest pluralist association defending the European ideal. Having graduated with a law degree from the Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III and having studied at both Sciences Po (Paris) and l'Ecole nationale d'administration (ENA) she now teaches at the College of Europe in Bruges.


As a political advisor to Romano Prodi when he was President of the European Commission, from 2001 to 2004, she followed the work of the Convention presided by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing which was primarily made up of members of national parliaments, who had been charged by the European Council to draft a European constitution.

Sylvie Goulard's work focuses on the necessity of pursuing European integration whilst also inviting increased public debate about European questions. Europe's citizens must become more engaged with its development in the future. They need to be informed and active: and to achieve this cultural and professional exchanges and learning foreign languages are essential.

At the end of 2006 she was elected president of the Mouvement Européen-France (ME-F), succeeding Pierre Moscovici, who had also been a candidate. She was re-elected as president in December 2008. Le Mouvement Européen-France regularly organises meetings, conferences and debates which aim are to enable a dialogue between political figures, experts and the general public.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009—present[edit]

Goulard has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2009 elections. She has since been serving on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. More recently, she joined the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect in 2015.

In addition to her committee assignments, Goulard serves as chairwoman of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Extreme Poverty and Human Rights” and as member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).[1]

On 15 September 2010, Goulard supported the new initiative Spinelli Group, which was founded to reinvigorate the strive for federalisation of the European Union (EU). Other prominent supporters are: Jacques Delors, Joschka Fischer, Andrew Duff, Elmar Brok.

In November 2016, Goulard officially announced her candidacy for the office of President of the European Parliament.[2]

Goulard continues to write regularly in a wide range of both French (Le Monde, La Croix, Libération) and international (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Financial Times particularly) newspapers.

Other activities[edit]

Political positions[edit]

In 2004, before accession discussions were opened with Turkey, Goulard had taken a position in the debate concerning the eventual enlargement of the European Union to include this country by underlining the necessity of preserving the European Union's political ambitions and its capacity to act. She also called for doubts expressed by citizens facing a European venture, whose direction they do not properly understand, to be taken seriously.

Following the 2014 elections, Goulard joined fellow MEPs Othmar Karas, Sven Giegold, 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.[4]


  • De la Démocratie en Europe (on Democracy in Europe), with Mario Monti, Flammarion, 2012.

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