Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parlament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009.
Marietje Schaake is the ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade committee (INTA). She is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Marietje additionally serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where she focuses on strengthening Europe as a global player. She works on the EU’s neighbourhood policy, notably Turkey, Iran and North Africa and the broader Middle East. In the subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) she speaks on human rights and coordinates the monthly human rights resolutions for ALDE. Her work has sought to include digital freedoms in EU foreign policy.
Furthermore, she is a Vice-President of the delegation for relations with the United States, a substitute member on the delegation for Iran, and a substitute member on the delegation for the Arab peninsula.
Marietje has pushed for completing Europe’s digital single market and copyright reform. She is strongly committed to an open internet in discussions about internet governance and digital (human) rights.
In addition to her parliamentary work, Marietje Schaake is, amongst others, Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and a WEF Young Global Leader in the class of 2014. She serves as vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.
In the committee of Foreign Affairs (AFET) I focus on strengthening Europe as a global player. The EU is in the process of developing an effective common foreign policy in which the fostering of democracy, the rule of law and human rights should be essential. I work on the EU’s neighborhood policy, notably Turkey and the Western Balkans, as well as on Iran. My work in the Foreign Affairs committee is supported by membership of the delegations for relations with (respectively) the United States and Iran.
In July 2014, I was appointed member of the International Trade committee (INTA) after being a substitute member since September 2011. After the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty the Parliament’s consent is required before the EU can conclude Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s). Respect for human rights, corporate responsibility and trade as a facilitator for positive change in societies are the principles underpinning my work in this committee.
Europe’s Digital Agenda is another one of my priorities, such as completing Europe’s digital market, and the copyright dossier. I worked on these and other subjects in the committee for Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports (CULT) in my previous term. I continue to be strongly committed to these important issues as well as to discussing internet governance and digital (human) rights.
I speak on human rights and coordinate the monthly human rights resolutions for ALDE in the subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).