Jens Rohde

Jens Rohde (2014)

Jens Rohde (born 18 April 1970) is a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Danish Social Liberal Party. Rohde represents the ALDE group in Parliament.[1] Rohde was originally elected for Venstre, but on 19 December 2015 announced that he would be joining the Social Liberal Party, due to disagreement with Venstre's immigration and foreign policy.[2]

Political career

National politics

Between 1998 and 2005, Rohde represented Venstre in the Danish parliament, where he served as his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on media policy.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present

In the 2014 European elections, Rohde was elected as a member of European Parliament. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, where is the ALDE group’s coordinator. In addition, he serves as the ALDE group’s shadow rapporteur for telecoms regulation.[3]

In December 2015, Rohde moved to the Danish Social Liberal Party in protest at a proposal of the Rasmussen government to give immigration authorities the power to search asylum-seekers’ clothes and luggage and to seize valuables and cash.[4][5]


  1. "European Parliament profile". European Parliament. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. "Jens Rohde forlader Venstre til fordel for Radikale". TV2 Nyhederne (in Danish). 19 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. Zoya Sheftalovich (June 11, 2015), Telecoms breakfast turns out to be waffle Politico Europe.
  4. Paul Dallison (December 20, 2015), Danish MEP quits party over refugee confiscation plan Politico Europe.
  5. Sabina Zawadzki (December 20, 2015), Danish MEP quits party over plan to take refugee valuables Reuters.

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