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Ingeborg Gräßle

Commonly used alternative spellings "Grässle", "Graessle", and "Grassle" redirect here.
Ingeborg Gräßle
Member of European Parliament
Personal details
Born Ingeborg Gräßle
(1961-03-02) 2 March 1961 (age 53)
Heidenheim, Germany
Political party  German:
Christian Democratic Union
European People's Party
Alma mater University of Stuttgart,
Institut d'Etudes Politiques,
Free University of Berlin
Website Official website

Ingeborg Gräßle (/ɪnɡɛbɒrɡ ɡrɑːsslɛ/; born March 2, 1961) is a Member of the European Parliament (European People's Party) from Heidenheim, Germany. Gräßle is best known for her work with the European Parliament's Budgetary and Budgetary Control Committees.

As the co-rapporteur for the revision of the financial regulation, approved in the plenary in October 2012, Gräßle was instrumental in the negotiation of a compromise between the European Institutions.[1] Gräßle is well known within the EU as an strong proponent of increased transparency and accountability for the Institutions.[2]

Early Life and Education

Gräßle was born in 1961 in the town of Großkuchen, located in the Heidenheim district of Baden-Württemberg,[3] Germany, where she attended elementary school until 1971. She attended high school at Hellenstein-Gymnasium Heidenheim until 1980 after which she completed a two year internship with Augsburger Allgemeine where she subsequently worked as an editor from 1982 to 1984.

After leaving editorial work in 1984, Gräßle enrolled at the University of Stuttgart, later earning a masters degree in romance languages, history, and political science in 1989. During this time, she also spent a year studying at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, France and in 1990, she took a job as the Director of Public Relations for Konrad-Adenauer-Haus (the German national headquarters for the Christian Democratic Union) in Bonn, Germany.

In 1994 Gräßle earned her PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. Her dissertation, the "Der europäische Fernseh-Kulturkanal ARTE : deutsch-französische Medienpolitik zwischen europäischem Anspruch und nationaler Wirklichkeit", examined the Franco-German television network, ARTE and explored the relationship between European standards and national realities.[4]

Early Political Career

From 1995 to 1996 Gräßle was the spokeswoman for Rüsselsheim, the largest town in the Groß-Gerau district of the Rhein-Main region. In 1996 Gräßle was elected to the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg where she served until 2004 when she was elected to the European Parliament.

Since 1999, Gräßle has served as the Vice-Chair of the CDU Women's Union of Baden-Württemberg, a member of the Heidenheim District Council, and a member of the CDU Bureau in Baden-Württemberg. In 2001 she was appointed as the Deputy District Chair of the CDU in Northern Baden-Württemberg, and the District Chair of the CDU in Heidenheim.

European Parliament

Gräßle was elected to the European Parliament and began her first term on 20 August 2004. She was reelected in 2009 and is currently serving her second term.

Financial Regulation

Gräßle acted as the co-rapporteur, along with Crescenzio Rivellini, and lead Parliamentary negotiator on legislation which created a new set of rules that govern the implementation of EU funds, known commonly as the financial regulation.[2][5] The European Parliament acted as co-legislator with the European Commission for the first time while drafting the new financial regulation that will enter into force in January 2013.[6]

Memberships and Assignments[3]

As of 2004

  • Member of the Committee on Budgets
  • Member of the Committee on Budgetary Control

As of 2007

  • Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU Delegation in the European Parliament
  • Coordinator of the EPP group in the Committee on Budgetary Control

As of 2009

  • Substitute Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly
  • Substitute Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • Substitute Member of the Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo


External links

  • Personal Website Dr. Gräßle's official website
  • European People's Party profile
  • European Parliament's profile
  • European Voice biographical article
  • BBC News
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