Member of the European Parliament, Ecologist (Ecolo, Belgium) and Co-President, Groupe des Verts/ALE (Group of the Greens/EFA) at the European Parliament
BACKGROUND / Professional and academic:
Philippe Lamberts was born in 1963 in Brussels (Belgium). He undertook engineering studies (applied mathematics) at the Catholic University of Leuven. He held various commercial positions at IBM from 1987 to 2009. He was elected, in June 2009, for a first mandate as member of the European Parliament. His political career within the Belgium ecologist party (Ecolo) began in 1991. He held different positions with various mandates at the local and federal level. From 1999 onwards, Philippe Lamberts becomes more and more involved in European politics, especially through the European Green Party, being one of the Presidents since 2006. He was elected for a first mandate at the European Parliament in 2009 where he focused on economy and finance issues. He became a specialist in banking, macroeconomic and fiscal matters. He was also involved in questions of industrial policy, research and innovation and developed a great interest in the relations with China. On May 25, 2014, Philippe Lamberts was re-elected as European deputy for five years. A month later, he won the internal election of the Group of the Greens/EFA and was chosen as its co-President along with his German colleague Rebecca Harms. During this second mandate, Philippe Lamberts aspires to strengthen the Greens’ position within and outside the European institutions and to continue his legislative work within the parliamentary committee ECON, mainly in regards to financial regulation.
ACTION / Describe your project, initiative, company
Mandate as a European ecologist deputy and group leader within the European Parliament.
LOCATION / In which city, country, region of the world do you carry out your actions?
Philippe Lamberts’ political action is carried out from Brussels (where the European Parliament is), but it has a Belgium and European scope.
IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… impact of this action, project, initiative, company?
The action of Philippe Lamberts and the Group of the Greens/EFA has a legislative impact: wherever the Group of the Greens participates to the European legislative process, it tries to introduce amendments to promote the principles of sustainable development and ecological transition in all fields (finance, economy, energy, agriculture, environment, etc.).
There is a larger political impact, where legislative fights are difficult to win, such as the progress of the political ecology principles within the European Parliament and beyond. This impact is more difficult to measure but is quite real.
There is also a societal impact resulting from Philippe Lamberts’ action; it is on the field, outside the European Parliament. Through meetings with citizens, contradictory discussions and other interviews, Philippe Lamberts endeavors to convince and ensure the progress of political ecology ideas whenever the opportunity arises.
Finally, Philippe Lamberts’ action has also an educational impact (or scope), to transform the complexity of the European institutions’ work and the legislative texts into terms easily understandable for the public.
Examples of the Group of the Greens/EFA political action at the European Parliament as well as Philippe Lamberts’: http://www.greens-efa.eu/fr.html, http://www.philippelamberts.eu/ and http://www.philippelamberts2014.eu/action
QUOTATION / A sentence, quotation, maxim that you can identify with:
Philippe Lamberts considers himself as “radical-realistic” and often speaks of two time bombs that need to be defused: the social bomb and the environmental bomb.