Bernd Lange

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Bernd Lange (born November 14, 1955 in Oldenburg) is a German politician for the Social Democratic Party of Germany. He was a member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2004. Since July 2009 he is again member of the European Parliament within the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Since 2014, Bernd Lange is chairman of the INTA committee (International Trade) and rapporteur for TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)

Private life

Lange grew up and attended school in Varel. He studied Protestant theology and political sciences at the University of Göttingen, where he earned a degree in theology as well as a High School teacher certificate. In Göttingen, he joined the trade-union movement, establishing contacts with students not just in western Europe but also in communist Hungary.[1]

From 1983 to 1994 Lange worked as a teacher at the High School (Gymnasium) in Burgdorf. Between 2004 and 2009 he worked as the head of the department for "Economy, Environment and Europe"-department at the German Trade Union Federation, the DGB, in Lower Saxony. In this position he was particularly responsible for economic and EU structural policies, the implementation of the EU structural funds and the establishment of a regional Trade Union network with other Trade Unions and partner regions of Lower Saxony, Greater Poland, Upper Normandy and Andalusia.[2] He is married, and has one daughter and a grown-up adopted son. He lives in Burgdorf, Germany.

Political career

Bernd Lange became a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1974 when he was a High School student. From 1983 to 1984 he was a member of the district board of the Young Socialists of the SPD in Hanover.[3] Since 1986 he is a member of the sub-district board of the SPD of Hanover (region of Hanover).[4] From 1992 to 2013 he was the chairman of the SPD Burgdorf.[5] He was co-founder of the science forum of the region of Hanover and is a member of the "Church and SPD" in the district of Hanover.[6]

Member of the European Parliament, 1994-present

When Lange entered the European Parliament in 1994, he was a member of the Environment Committee and a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.[7] During this time he was significantly involved in industrial, environmental and research policies as well as climate protection and the future of the automotive economy. He was involved in over 30 conciliation committee procedures between the European Parliament and the European Council, in many of them as chief negotiator.

Since his re-election in 2009, Lange has been a full member of the Committee on International Trade and a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.[8] He is also a member of the Interparliamentary Delegation for relations with South Africa.[9] In 2010 he became the European Parliament's rapporteur for European industrial policy.[10]

From February 2014 until June 2014 Lange was the spokesperson on International Trade for the Socialists and Democrats political group in the European Parliament.[11] Since 2014 he has been the chairman of the committee. He is rapporteur for TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Other activities


Lange was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In November 2011 he was awarded the MEP Award by The Parliament Magazine in the category "Trade".[12] He was awarded the Fair Politician Award of the Year award 2012/2013 (Max van der Stoel Foundation).[13]


  1. Andrew Gardner and Silke Wettach (October 23, 2014), Bernd Lange – driving force European Voice.
  10. Christian Holzgreve: „Zur Person“, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, June 16, p. 4.

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