Chairman of the EPP Group
"We must work closely together in the Europe of today to preserve our chances in the world of tomorrow. This union is our life insurance policy in an increasingly globalised world. In challenging times, I want to make sure that the EPP Group will remain the driving force in defending our European way of life."
Deirdre Clune MEP (EPP Group, Ireland) (2nd from left), Mairead McGuinness MEP (EPP Group, Ireland), Vice-President of the European Parliament (3rd from left), Manfred Weber MEP (Germany), Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament (4th from left), Seán Kelly MEP (EPP Group, Ireland) (in the middle) with local representatives
l-r: Manfred Weber MEP (Germany), Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, Angelika Niebler MEP, Head of the German Delegation (CSU) of the EPP Group, Professor Clemens Fuest, President, Ifo Institute, Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, University of Munich, and Daniel Caspary MEP, Head of the German Delegation (CDU) of the EPP Group
Professional life and other activities
After getting his degree in physical engineering, Manfred Weber worked as a self-employed engineer and went on to start up two companies.
Weber started testing the political waters at the early age of 16 and he became a member of the Junge Union and the CSU in 1989. He led the Junge Union Bavaria as Regional Chairman from 2003 to 2007.
Aged 29, Manfred Weber became the youngest Member of the Bavarian State Parliament in 2002 and resigned in 2004 when he was elected Member of the European Parliament.
Weber has been Vice-President of the CSU Party since 2015 and a member of the party Presidency since 2009. He was Chairman of the Committee for the future of the CSU from 2009 to 2015 and also chaired the CSU party in his homeland district, Niederbayern, from 2008 to 2016.
Besides his professional and political activities, Weber is a member of the central committee of Catholics in Germany since November 2016. He is also member of the regional committee of Catholics in Bavaria.
Responsibilities within the European Parliament
Having been elected to the European Parliament in 2004, Manfred Weber sat on the Committees on Constitutional Affairs, on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs as well as on Regional Development. As Rapporteur, he negotiated in 2008 for the European Parliament Directive on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals, the first Directive in the field of home affairs to be adopted through the ordinary legislative procedure.
From 2006 to 2009, he was appointed Spokesman on Home Affairs of the EPP-ED Group. He has been a Member of the EPP Group Bureau since 2006 and after the European elections in 2009 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group.
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