Raquel García Hermida-van der Walle

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Democraten 66
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Field of expertise: Sustainability, human rights, animal welfare

Born and raised in Madrid, Raquel García Hermida-van der Walle moved to the town of Gorredijk in Frisland in 2012. For over 20 years, she has been committed to sustainability, human rights, animal welfare, biodiversity conservation, equal opportunities and the promotion of democratic values, often at European or international level.

After graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Government at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Utrecht University, she started getting engaged in policy and advocacy work as the Head of Public Policy at the Dutch Animal Advocacy and Protection Foundation. She joined D66 and ran for the 2019 European elections in eighth place on the party's list, subsequently becoming the chair of D66's Regional Board in Frisland.

In 2022, she was one of the graduates of the Alliance Of Her's Class of 2022, ALDE Party's programme to empower liberal women in Europe to pursue their political ambitions.

In 2024, she was nominated in second place on D66's list of candidates for the European elections, being elected alongside lead candidate Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Brigitte van den Berg.

"The EU can realise its full potential as an engine of peace, freedom and prosperity only if we bring it closer to its citizens. I try to build that bridge, that connection, every day," she said.

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