Charles Goerens

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Demokratesch ParteiĀ 
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Field of expertise: Human rights, foreign affairs

Charles studied agricultural science before he was first elected to the northern district constituency as a member of the Democratic Party in 1979. From 1989 until 1994 he was its chairman.

Goerens was a member of the European Parliament from 1982 to 1984, from 1994 to 1999, and again from 2009 to present.

He served as Minister for Cooperation, Humanitarian Action, and Defence in the government of Jean-Claude Juncker from 7 August 1999 until 31 July 2004. He also briefly served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 20 July 2004 until 31 July 2004. He lost these posts when Juncker had to form a new coalition government after the 2004 parliamentary elections.

Since 2009, Goerens has been serving as a member of the Committee on Development and of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.

During the Brexit negotiations, Goerens had advocated for associate membership of the United Kingdom to the European Union.

Following the 2019 European Parliament election, he also became a vice-chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

In addition to his committee assignments, Goerens is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, the MEPs Against Cancer group (since 2019) and the Responsible Business Conduct Working Group. He also co-chairs the cross-party Working Group on Fair Trade (sponsored by Fair Trade Advocacy).

Since 1997 Charles Goerens has been organising educational trips to Auschwitz, as part of his efforts to fight against racism, xenophobia, and antisemitism.

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