Sven Giegold

About me

On 15 December 2021, I have been appointed State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economy and Climate Protection.

From 2009 to 2021, I was a member of the European Parliament for Bündnis90/Die Grünen NRW. Most recently, I was the spokesperson for the German Greens in the European Parliament, chairman of the Green Group in the Committee on Economic and Financial Policy and a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

In my youth I was politicized by environmental protection and later founded Attac in Germany with many others. To this day, I am committed to regulating the financial markets in the interest of the real economy and the citizens. In Parliament, I passionately fight against tax dumping and for the ecological transformation of the European economy.

I was born in 1969 on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. After finishing school in Hanover, I studied economics, adult education and politics in Lüneburg, Bremen and Birmingham. Subsequently, I completed a Masters in Economic Policy and Economic Development at the University of Birmingham with distinction. Later I continued my studies at the University of Bremen and spent 2004/2005 as a guest at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Paris XIII.


Short CV for events and publications:

Sven Giegold, MEP from North-Rhine-Westphalia / Germany, is spokesperson for the German Greens in the European parliament and coordinator of the Greens / EFA group in the ECON (economy and monetary affairs) committee. As a studied political economist Sven has been active in the environmental movement and altermondialism for more than 20 years. He is a member of the executive committee of the German Evangelical Church Assembly.


Political curriculum vitae

December 2021: Appointment as State Secretary in the Federal Ministery of Economy and Climate Protection, resulting in end of mandate in the European Parliament

October 2021: Re-election as Member of the Presidential committee of the German Protestant Church Congress

July 2019: Re-election as spokesperson of the delegation of German Greens in the European parliament

June 2019: Re-election as Green coordinator in the committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON); Substitute member of the Environment and Health committee (ENVI); Member of the European Parliament’s delegation to the EFTA countries and Switzerland

May 2019: Re-elected Member of the European Parliament. German Greens scored at 20,5%.

January 2019: Winning a campaign for binding lobby transparency in the European Parliament

November 2018: Nomination as co-lead candidate of the German Greens

Since July 2018: Member of the board of the cross-party federalist “Spinelli Group”

January 2018: Co-opted member of the board of Alliance 90/The Greens North Rhine-Westphalia

Since October 2015: Chair of the board of the “European Christian Convention”

October 2015: Elected as Member of the Presidential committee of the German Protestant Church Congress

September 2015: Support of the founding of

February 2015: Winning a campaign for the establishment of a special committee on the Investigation of the LuxLeaks scandals (“TAXE”), coordinator of the Greens/EFA group; followed by three more similar committees on tax fraud, tax avoidance and financial crimes

June 2014: Election as spokesperson of the German Green group in European Parliament

June 2014: Re-elected as member of the party board of Alliance 90 / The Greens North-Rhine-Westphalia

May 2014: Re-elected as Member of European Parliament, Economic and Financial spokesperson of the Greens / EFA group, Member of the ECON (Eonomic and monetary affairs) committee, deputy member of the AFET (constituional affiars), member of the delegation to Albania

Nov 2013: Re-elected as Member of the Presidential assembly of the German protestant Church congress

Mar 2012: Elected party board member of Alliance 90 / Greens North-Rhine-Westphalia

Jan 2010: Co-founder of the Institute Solidarische Moderne e.V. (Berlin)

July 2009: Elected Member of the European Parliament, Coordinator of the Greens/ EFA group in the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee

2007-2015: Member of the Presidential assembly of the German Protestant Church Congress

2002: Co-founder and chair of the International Tax Justice Network (London)

2002-2007 European Attac coordination

since 2001 speeches and presence in the media on alterglobalism, ecology and tax policy

2000: co-founder of Attac Germany, representative of Friends of the Earth Germany in the council of Attac

1998: co-founder and managing director of the Green housing co-operative AllerWohnen eG

1996-1999 member of the management board of the green business centre Ökologischen Zentrums in Verden (Lower Saxony) with 50 jobs created in ecological enterprises and social initiatives

1986 – 2001: Volunteer in the youth environment movemen