Learn more about my political values, my work inthe Committees and Delegations.
Learn more about my political values and topics.
Because of my home in Hamburg as an Hanseatic town and my background as a daughter of two self-employed parents whole ad their own small company, the topic of trade has influenced me my whole life through. The single-market was the beginning of European unification and is a success story of the European Union, it has brought advancement and wealth and is still bears so much more potential for Europe. As a Free Democrat I strongly believe that trade is one of the best possibilities to strengthen international relations.
For young people, Europe is a promise. The promise, to realize their dreams. As the president of the European Liberal Youth I have visited more than 34 European countries in the last years. Thereby I was able to meet many young, inspiring people and their stories. I espouse for equal opportunities for every young European regardless of their regional and social background.
Politics need diversity and especially more women. Only with more diversity in parliaments we will be able overcome the questions and challenges of our time. We need a change in our society, women should experience more respect and less prejudices. Generally the combination of a career, private life and family has to become easier.
Learn more about my work in the committees and delegations.
The European single market is one of the greatest achievements of the European Union. Free trade and the reduction of barriers are the foundation of our wealth in Europe. In the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Production I work for the systematic expansion of the internal market. I especially support the development of a digital internal market in Europe. I am the vice president of the working group “Digital Internal Market” in which we are working on ideas and solutions for the digital union. Furthermore, it is my personal concern to create an EU in which consumers and multinational companies can meet on equal terms.
The Committee on International Trade is responsible for every trade agreement the European Union negotiates or signs with other countries or regions. The European Parliament plays an active role in the trade policy of the European Union. Every agreement is evaluated by the European Parliament and the work of the European Commission is monitored in every stage of the negotiations. Besides that the European Parliament decides the judicial frame of trade in the EU and - especially - if an agreement becomes valid or not. The competences of the Committee are divided in so called “monitoring groups”. I am part of the groups for the Union of South-East Asian countries (ASEAN countries), South Asia and India. For this reason I am responsible for everything that is connected to trade in this region for my group. I especially work for fair and sustainable trade that creates a level playing field and strengthens human rights.
Despite the work in the Committees delegations deal with the parliamentary relations to other countries and regions in the world. I am a full member of the delegation for the relation to South Asian countries (ASEAN countries) and a subsidiary member of the delegation for the relation to Australia and New Zeeland. The delegations are determined to search for new possibilities to strengthen the political cooperation outside the framework of economy and trade to build strategic partnerships. This is mostly done by visits of parliamentary delegations in the European Parliament as well as visits of our delegation on the ground.
Besides the committees and groups there are the intergroups. These are coalitions of MEPs from many different groups and committees. I am part of the following intergroups:
• Rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersexuals (LSBTI)
• anti-racism and diversity
• social economy
Transparency in my work for the European Parliament is a personal concern of mine. Therefore the use of resources and every meeting with lobbyist will be explained here.
My votes and the votes of other MEPs can be found on the website of the European Parliament.
On the website of the European Parliament I publish every meeting with lobbyists. Every member of the parliament working on the preparation for a specific legislation have to publish their meetings with lobbyists. For the sake of transparency I publish every meeting with lobbyists
Every Member of the Parliament receives the same monthly emoluments. The basic compensation is measured at 38,5% of the compensation of a judge at the European Court of Justice. Additionally members receive daily allowance for sessions in Brussels or Strasbourg to cover their additional costs. The general compensation should cover expenses resulting from parliamentary work such as rent of offices and administrative charges, telephone and subscriptions, representative activities, computers, organization of conferences and exhibitions. For 2020 the monthly amount is 4.613 euros.
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