Interview met European Voice: “The new Dutch MEP tells Dave Keating that having a name that sounds like a famous pop star isn’t so bad.”
National Party: Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA (Labour Party)
European Parliament group: S&D
Birthdate: 8 April 1979
Birthplace: Celldömölk, Hungary
• Committee on Foreign Affairs (Member)
• Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Substitute)
• Subcommittee on Human Rights (Substitute)
• Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Co-operation Committee (Member)
• Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly (Member)
Twitter handle : @KatiPiri
Number of Twitter followers: 606
Kati Piri is a newly elected MEP but is already familiar with the European Parliament from her previous work as a political adviser. She has now been elected for the Dutch Labour Party, whose MEPs sit with the S&D group in the Parliament. Born in 1979 in western Hungary, she grew up in Utrecht. She studied international relations at the University of Groningen and then worked as an intern in the Dutch parliament for Frans Timmermans, who has since become the Dutch foreign minister.
From 2008 to 2011, Piri was a political adviser for the S&D group attached to the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee and the security and defence sub-committee, before moving to the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. Piri became the organization’s programme manager for its South Caucasus regional programme, and manager of the INSPIRE Programme for Moldova, a European Commission-funded programme for democracy and human rights reform.
Piri’s career to date has specialised in work with organisations that focus on issues of human rights and European social integration. She sees these topics as her priorities for work in this parliamentary session, when she will be a member of the foreign affairs committee.