This meeting took place via Zoom on Monday 1st March
Oxford for Europe virtual meeting with Terry Reintke and Richard Corbett
Jointly hosted by Oxford for Europe and Grassroots For Europe
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This very successful meeting was about where we are 2 months on from departure from the Single Market and Customs Union. We wanted to discuss how strong our links remain with our friends in the EU and what practical steps we can take to build on them.
Terry is a prominent German Green MEP.
She was born and raised in Gelsenkirchen. She studied political science at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of the Free University of Berlin, where her thesis was on “Local NGOs and sexualised violence in the Balkan conflicts”. She spent some time studying in Edinburgh and has retained her interest in UK matters. She also worked as a researcher at the Bundestag.
She was a member of the executive board of German Green Youth from 2008 to 2009, and from 2011 to 2013 was the spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens.
Elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 European election, she served as member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Regional Development during her first term. In 2019, she moved to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. In addition to her committee assignments, Reintke is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the European Parliament Intergroup on Youth Issues, and the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.
Since the 2019 elections, she has been serving as deputy chairwoman of the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group, under the leadership of co-chairs Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts.
Terry is a member of the EU-UK friendship Group.
On Twitter: @TerryReintke
Dr Richard Corbett CBE first joined the European Movement when he was a student at Oxford, where he coordinated the student “yes” campaign in the 1975 referendum. He remained active in its youth section and from 1979-81 was President of the Europe-wide Jeunesse Europeene Federaliste (JEF).
He was a Member of the European Parliament from 1996 to 2020, except for 2009-2014 when he was a senior member of the cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy, the first full-time long-term President of the European Council. In the Parliament he was for ten years the spokesman on constitutional questions for the Socialist & Democrat Group and was the Parliament’s rapporteur on the Constitutional and Lisbon treaties as well as on revising the parliament’s own internal procedures.
Richard is a former chair of the European Movement and is currently honorary vice-chair.
He has written several academic books on European affairs and was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe.
To counteract untruths about the EU, Richard produced this brilliant site, which is still useful for reminding yourself of the truth about the EU: https://www.richardcorbett.org.uk/category/mythbusters
For further details, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Corbett
On Twitter: @RichardGCorbett
Chair: Geraldine Coggins