Presidents

Presidents

The Presidents lead the Intergroup, and represent it both inside and outside of the European Parliament. Co-presidents take daily decisions on the Intergroup’s work, and both Co-presidents and Vice-presidents decide on the Intergroup’s priorities and work programme.

Our Co-Presidents

Ulrike Lunacek MEPUlrike Lunacek

Member State: Austria
Group: Greens/European Free Alliance

Ulrike Lunacek has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2009. In July 2014 she was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament.

In the European Parliament, she is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She is also standing rapporteur on Kosovo.

She has been a Member of the Austrian Parliament for the Austrian Green Party for ten years, during which she was Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Member of the European Committee, the Human Rights Committee and the Sports Committee, as well as Spokesperson of the Green Group on Foreign Affairs and Development Issues and on Equal Rights for LGBT persons.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Hanna San Nicolo

Read more: Ulrike Lunacek’s profile on the European Parliament website

Daniele ViottiDaniele Viotti

Member StateItaly
Group: Socialists & Democrats

Daniele Viotti has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014 for the Group of Socialist & Democrats.

Daniele graduated in Political Science from the University of Piemonte Orientale. As co-founder of LGBTI organisation Associazione Quore, he has a long history of fighting against homophobia and transphobia.

In the Parliament, he is a member of the Budget Committee, and substitute member of  the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Daniele is also  a Member of the Parliament Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Nicolò Carboni

Read more: Daniele Viotti’s profile on the European Parliament website

Our Vice-Presidents

Malin Malin Bjork MEPBjörk

Member State: Sweden
Group: Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left

A Member of the European Parliament since July 2014, Malin Björk is part of the Left Party of Sweden. She belongs to the Confederal Group of the United European Left (GUE/NGL). She became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in November 2015.

In her parliamentary work, Malin is member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs as well the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. She is substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Malin is also a member of the Parliament Delegation for relations with India, and substitute member of the delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, as well as the delegation for relations with  the Mashreq countries.

Staff members in charge of LGBTI issues: Amanda Ahall and Berit Dahlström.

Read more: Malin Björk’s profile on the European Parliament website

Ian Duncan MEPIan Duncan

Member State: United Kingdom
Group: European Conservatives and Reformists

Ian Duncan was elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections.

In his parliamentary work, Ian is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is a substitute member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy and Fisheries.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Ross McKenzie

Read more: Ian Duncan’s profile on the European Parliament website

Tanja Fajon MEPTanja Fajon

Member State: Slovenia
Group: Socialists & Democrats

Tanja Fajon has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2009 and is Vice-President of the Socialist & Democrats group. She became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in 2014.

In her parliamentary work, Tanja is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She is substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tanja is also a member of the Parliament Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, and substitute member of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Jure Tanko

Read more: Tanja Fajon’s profile on the European Parliament website

Sophie in’t Veld

Member State: the Netherlands
Group: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe

A member of Democraten 66 in the Netherlands and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament, Sophie in ’t Veld has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. She graduated with a higher degree in History, and completed a post-doctoral training in management and public administration.

Sophie is Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She is a substitute member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. Sophie founded and currently chairs the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics, and she is also Chair of the European Parliament Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development since 2009.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Kirsten de Vries

Read more: Sophie in ‘t Veld’s profile on the European Parliament website

Sirpa PietikainenSirpa Pietikäinen

Member State: Finland
Group: European People’s Party

With a long history as a politician, Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish Member of the European People’s Party. As a Member of the European Parliament, she replaced Alexander Stubb in 2008, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2014. She was Finland’s Minister of Environment in the 1990s.

In her parliamentary work, she is a member in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and a substitute member in both the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, and the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. In addition to environmental, economic and equality issues, she is also interested in development, human rights and democracy, which feature prominently in her cooperation with civil society.

In addition to the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, Sirpa is Vice-president in the Animal Welfare Intergoup. She is also a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Aino Valtanen

Read more: Sirpa Pietikäinen’s profile on the European Parliament website

Fabio Massimo Castaldo MEPFabio Massimo Castaldo

Member State: Italy
Group: Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy

Fabio Massimo Castaldo was elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections for the Five Star Movement. He became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in December 2015.

In his parliamentary work, Fabio is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.as well as the committee on Constitutional Affairs. He is a substitute member of the Committees on International Trade and Legal Affairs.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Flavien Deltort

Read more: Fabio Massimo Castaldo’s profile on the European Parliament website