Joachim Zeller (born 1 July 1952) is a German politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2009 until 2019. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party.

Joachim Zeller

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Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2009 – 2019
ConstituencyGermany
Personal details
Born (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952 (age 67)
Opole, Poland
Political party German:
Christian Democratic Union
 EU:
European People's Party
Alma materHumboldt University of Berlin
Websitewww.joachimzeller.de

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Opole, Upper Silesia, Zeller attended the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1977 to 1992, he was employed at the university library as a research associate. From 1996 to 2006, he served as mayor of the Berlin borough of Mitte.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–presentEdit

Zeller first became a Member of the European Parliament in the 2009 European elections. In his first term between 2009 and 2014, he served on the Committee on Regional Development. From 2014, he was a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control.

From 2009, Zeller served as a member of the parliament’s delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. In 2014, he also joined the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Zeller regularly monitored elections on behalf of the European Parliament. He was a member of the parliament’s 15-member monitoring mission for Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2012, led by Pawel Kowal.[1] He also took part in the following monitoring mission during the Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2014, this time led by Andrej Plenković.[2] He later represented the European Parliament in the OSCE/ODIHR international observation mission for the 2019 Moldovan parliamentary election.[3]

In April 2018, Zeller announced that he would not stand in the 2019 European elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[4]

ControversyEdit

During the Azerbaijani presidential elections in 2013, Zeller participated in the official election observation mission by the European Parliament, led by Pino Arlacchi; the resulting report on the election was subsequently criticized as markedly kinder than the verdict of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which found significant problems with every stage of the campaign, including intimidation of candidates and voters, the stuffing of ballot boxes, and intimidation of journalists.[5]

In April 2012, Zeller was one of 28 EP politicians who voted against a move to restrict the export of spy gear and censorship tools to autocratic regimes.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pole to head election mission in Ukraine European Voice, September 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Jeanette Minns (October 9, 2014), Parliament’s mission to Ukrainian elections European Voice.
  3. ^ EP delegation to observe parliamentary elections in Moldova European Parliament, press release of February 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Hildburg Bruns (April 24, 2018), Berliner Polit-Duell um EU: Welcher Berliner CDU-Mann löst das Ticket fürs Europäische Parlament? B.Z..
  5. ^ Andrew Gardner and Toby Vogel (October 16, 2013), European Parliament goes soft on flawed Azerbaijan election European Voice.
  6. ^ "Who Voted Against Restricting Sales of Spy Tech to Dictators? These European Politicians". Slate.com. 19 April 2012.

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