Esther de Lange
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Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded byWim van de Camp
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 April 2007
ConstituencyNetherlands
Personal details
Born
E. M. R. de Lange

(1975-02-19) 19 February 1975 (age 47)
Spaubeek, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Other political
affiliations
European People's Party
EducationUtrecht University
WebsiteOfficial website

Esther M. R. de Lange (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛstər də ˈlɑŋə]; born 19 February 1975) is a Dutch politician serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2007. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), part of the European People's Party (EPP), she was elected as delegation leader in the European Parliament at a party conference on 2 November 2013 in Leeuwarden, a position she assumed the following year. In July 2014 she was elected as Vice President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament and in June 2018 as Vice President of the EPP Party.

Political career

After having been voted Member of the European Parliament in the 2014 European elections, De Lange was elected one of the vice presidents of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, responsible for the relations with national legislatures.

During the 8th parliamentary term De Lange was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), and of the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE).[1] In the current parliamentary term, De Lange is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) and of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).[2] She later also joined the Parliament's delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe (2021)[3] and the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic (2022).[4][5]

Previously, she was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI); the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI); and the Committee on Budgetary Control (BUDG). Besides that, De Lange was a member of the delegation for relations with India, and was Vice-Chair of the Delegation for the relations with Iraq.

In addition to her committee assignments, De Lange is also member of the delegations for the EU relations with the United States and Russia. She chairs the MEP Water Group.[6] and is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals,[7] the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights[8] and the MEPs Against Cancer group.[9]

In her parliamentary work, De Lange mostly focused on agriculture, food safety, and sustainability. Under the 2009-2014 mandate, she has been actively involved in the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). De Lange has been acting as rapporteur on the dossier of food labeling and nutrition for special (medical) use in the European Parliament. In 2013, De Lange acted as the European Parliament's rapporteur on the issue of food fraud in the EU.

Following the 2019 elections, De Lange was part of a cross-party working group in charge of drafting the European Parliament's five-year work program on economic and fiscal policies as well as trade.[10] De Lange received a total of 402.975 preferential votes during the 2019 European Parliament election. [11]

Within the centre-right European People's Party Group (EPP) group, De Lange is one of the deputies of chairman Manfred Weber.[12] In her capacity as vice-chair of the EPP Group she heads the working group on Economy and Environment.[13]

Political positions

De Lange has been outspoken critic of right-wing populist movements in the EU.[14] For example, she has repeatedly and publicly indicated frustration at Hungary's Fidesz party, which is part of the EPP.[15] De Lange also criticizes the lack in understanding for the situation of parents in the European Parliament. Members of European Parliament cannot take parental leave, cannot have themselves replaced if they are pregnant or gave birth and are automatically recorded as absent.[16] De Lange took her son to then-President of the Parliament Jerzy Buzek when she returned to the European Parliament as an explanation for her absence. [17]

Personal

De Lange has a son and commutes between the village of Driebruggen and Brussels.[18]

References

  1. ^ European Parliament, [1]
  2. ^ European Parliament, [2]
  3. ^ Members of the delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe European Parliament.
  4. ^ Members of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic European Parliament.
  5. ^ Parliament names MEPs to sit on three new committees European Parliament, press release of 24 March 2022.
  6. ^ Chair MEP Water Group.
  7. ^ Members Archived 2019-08-31 at the Wayback Machine European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  8. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  9. ^ MAC MEPs in the 2019-24 legislature MEPs Against Cancer.
  10. ^ Florian Eder (June 13, 2019), POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Madrid’s moment — Parliament working groups sneak peak — Happy birthday, GDPR Politico Europe.
  11. ^ "Kiesraad - Verkiezingsuitslagen".
  12. ^ EPP Group re-elects Manfred Weber as Group Chair European People's Party Group (EPP), press release of June 5, 2019.
  13. ^ EPP Group, [3]
  14. ^ James Kanter (April 27, 2017), Far-Right Leaders Loathe the European Parliament, but Love Its Paychecks The New York Times.
  15. ^ Maïa de La Baume and Ryan Heath (April 6, 2017), Center-right’s angry at Orbán, but won’t kick him out Politico Europe.
  16. ^ Het Financieel Dagblad, September 15, 2021 [4].
  17. ^ Twitter Esther de Lange [5]
  18. ^ Peter van den Belt (May 21, 2019), [6]