Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake (born 28 October 1978) is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Netherlands. She is a member of Democrats 66, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party.

The Wall Street Journal called her “Europe’s most wired politician”, while CNN called her a “rising Dutch star” who makes an increasingly rare “passionate and public case for liberalism and globalization”. She was voted as one of the “40 MEPs that matter” by Politico in 2016, and was selected as one of the “Politico 28″ in 2017”. According to Politico, Schaake is the “ultimate digital MEP” whose name has been floated as a potential candidate for the foreign ministry”.

In the fall of 2008, Schaake was nominated as candidate for the European Parliament for the Dutch political party Democrats 66. In the European Parliament elections of 2009, Schaake was elected when D66 won three seats. In the 2014 elections, she was re-elected for a second term.

In the European Parliament, 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). In 2016, she also served as the parliament’s rapporteur on a ban on trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other treatment or punishment.

Schaake 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.

Schaake has taken several initiatives to promote digital freedoms and to include them in EU foreign policy. She is vice president of the delegation for relations with the United States and serves in the delegation for relations with Iran, and in the delegation for the Arab peninsula. Schaake has pushed for completing Europe’s digital single market and copyright reform. She supports an open internet in discussions about internet governance and digital (human) rights.

Schaake established the Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. In this group Members of the European Parliament, cross-party a