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Judith Sargentini


Judith Sargentini

Judith Sargentini
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
Preceded by Kathalijne Buitenweg
Constituency Netherlands
Member of the Amsterdam city council
In office
Personal details
Born (1974-03-13) 13 March 1974 (age 40)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Political party GreenLeft
Residence Amsterdam

Judith Sargentini (born March 13, 1974 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch GreenLeft politician. She is currently a Member of the European Parliament where she leads the GreenLeft delegation. Previously she was chair of the GreenLeft in the Amsterdam city council.


Sargentini comes from a "politically very aware" family.[1] In 1981, when she was seven, she took part in demonstrations against the placement of nuclear weapons in the Netherlands. Between 1986 and 1992 she attended high school at the Spinozalyceum in Amsterdam. After graduating she studied history at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1990 Sargentini was politically active, first in the PSJG, the political youth organization of the left-socialist Pacifist Socialist Party and later in DWARS, the political youth organization of the GreenLeft, a new political party in which the PSP had merged. During her study she was also active in the international student movement. She was secretary of the Dutch National Students' Union (between 1995–1996) and board member of the European Students' Union (in 1998).

In 2002 Sargentini was elected into the Amsterdam municipal council. Between 1999 and 2002 she sat as a co-opted assistant on the municipal council. Between 2006 and 2009 Sargentini served as chair of the GreenLeft party in the Amsterdam municipality. She was spokesperson on work & income, youth policy and public order.[2]

In addition to her membership of the council Sargentini worked for various NGOs in the sphere development cooperation. Between 2000 and 2001 she was international coordinator of the European Network for Information an Action in Southern Africa. Following upon that she worked as international-campaign coordinator for Fatal Transactions, a foundation that highlighted issues surrounding the international trade in conflict diamonds and the financing of (civil) wars in Africa. Between 2003 and 2007 she worked as lobbyist at the Dutch Institute for South Africa. Since 2007 she worked as consultant for the European alliance of development-cooperation organisations Eurostep.[3]

In 2009 she was one of the five candidates for the position of party-foreperson on the list of the GreenLeft for the 2009 European-Parliament elections. The other candidates were: Senator Tineke Strik, former Member of the European Parliament Alexander de Roo, environmental specialist Bas Eickhout and Niels van den Berge, assistant to Kathalijne Buitenweg MEP. While a candidate for the position of GreenLeft party-foreperson in the EuroParl elections-campaign, Sargentini emphasized issues such as development-cooperation, migration, climate change and emancipation.[4] On February 8, 2009, it was announced that she was elected as lead candidate and party-foreperson for GreenLeft in the Netherlands European-Parliament elections. After five rounds of vote counting she was elected with 52.4% of the tally.[3][5][6] She will remain member of the Amsterdam city council until June 4.[7]

Under her leadership the GreenLeft won an additional seat in the European Parliament election. Sargentini became a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European parliament and substitute for the Committee on Development.[8] She chairs a transnational delegation of GreenLeft and the Flemish Green!.

Sargentini is a vegetarian.[1]


External links

  • Europaparliament: Judith Sargentini
  • Judith Sargentini on
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