Member of the European Parliament
Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeD66) is a Member of the European Parliament with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighbourhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe’s Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU’s external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.
Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.
Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO’s, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights.
I would like to see what more Europe could actually mean. For example through more political leadership to help facilitate smart EU policies and dealing with culture and EU’s external actions. I would like to see a European University on Tahrir square in Cairo and not just an American university. I would like to see more visas for artists and other professionals to come to work in Europe. I would like to see more content and heritage uploaded on Europeana. I would like to see less bureaucracy for small cultural organisations when they are applying for a grant on the European level. I would like also to see less fragmentation on copyright management of the European Union. And I would like to see less over-emphasis on the economic value of culture.
- Report on the cultural dimensions of the EU’s external actions, Committe on Culture and Education, March 31, 2011