Axel Voss

Axel Voss (born 7 April 1963)[1] is a German lawyer and politician who has been serving as a member of the European Parliament since 2009. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, part of the European People's Party.

Axel Voss
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2009
ConstituencyGermany
AffiliationEPP Group
Personal details
Born (1963-04-07) 7 April 1963 (age 57)
Hameln, Germany
Political partyGermany Christian Democratic Union
European Union European People's Party
Spouse(s)Ine Voss
Children2
Alma mater
Websiteaxel-voss-europa.de

Education and early careerEdit

From 1983 to 1990 Voss studied law at the Universities of Trier, Munich, Freiburg and Paris.[2] In 1990 he took his first Staatsexamen (a German government licensing examination), specialising in European and international law. After a traineeship at the Supreme Provincial Court of Appeal in Koblenz, he finished his second Staatsexamen, specialising in European law and international relations.[2]

Beginning in 1994 Voss worked as a lawyer and was Citizens' adviser of the European Commission at the regional Commission Representation in Bonn.[3] From 2000 to 2009 he taught European affairs at the RheinAhrCampus in Remagen of the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz.[2]

Political careerEdit

Voss is a member of the German CDU and was chair of the Bonn affiliation from 2004 to 2009. Since 2005 he has been deputy district chair of the CDU in the Middle Rhine area.[4][5]

Voss has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2009 European elections. He has since been serving as member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.[3] In 2020, he also joined the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age.[6]

In addition, Voss is a substitute to the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on Petitions and the Delegation for relations with the Mercosur countries.[3] He also serves as a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda;[7] the European Parliament Intergroup on Sports;[8] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Countryside, Hunting and Recreational Fisheries.[9]

On the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Voss is the European People's Party Group’s coordinator. He has been serving as his group’s rapporteur or shadow rapporteur] for the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) on a directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime;[10] digital consumer rules;[11] and on copyright reform.[12] In 2014, when Edward Snowden testified before the European Parliament, Voss implied that Snowden had endangered innocents' lives and potentially collaborated with terrorists as well as the Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies.[13] Voss was also a key figure in drafting Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in 2018.[14]

Voss is an avid supporter of article 13 of the European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market,[failed verification] saying "This directive is an important step towards correcting a situation which has allowed a few companies to earn huge sums of money without properly remunerating the thousands of creatives and journalists whose work they depend on".[15] Since 2020, he has been serving as rapporteur on the impacts and challenges of artificial intelligence on the economy in the EU.[16]

Other activitiesEdit

RecognitionEdit

In 2019, Voss was the recipient of the Digital Single Market Award at The Parliament Magazine's annual MEP Awards.[18]

Video statement (English)

Personal lifeEdit

Voss is married and has two daughters.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home | Axel VOSS | MEPs | European Parliament". europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Voss, Axel. "Professional Information of Axel Voss". Homepage (in German). Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "MEP profile: Axel Voss". European Parliament. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  4. ^ Weber, Gerrit (6 December 2005). "Breuer mit großer Mehrheit im Amt bestätigt" (in German). CDU MIttelrhein. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  5. ^ Weber, Gerrit (16 November 2009). "Röttgen mit großer Mehrheit zum CDU-Bezirkschef gewählt" (in German). CDU MIttelrhein. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  6. ^ Members of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age European Parliament, press release of July 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda.
  8. ^ Members of the European Parliament on Sports European Parliament.
  9. ^ Member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Countryside, Hunting and Recreational Fisheries European Parliament.
  10. ^ Zoya Sheftalovich and David Meyer (November 30, 2015), Deal close on EU passenger name records Politico Europe.
  11. ^ Joanna Plucinska (January 12, 2017), Talk to the hand: Digital gatekeeper Evelyne Gebhardt Politico Europe.
  12. ^ Catherine Stupp (July 14, 2017), New lead MEP could shift talks on contentious copyright bill EurActiv.
  13. ^ "Edward Snowden delivers testimony to the European Parliament". Free Snowden: The Courage Foundation. 2014. pp. 10–11. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Italy Wikipedia shuts down in EU protest". BBC News. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  15. ^ "European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet | News | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  16. ^ Mia Bartoloni (October 2, 2020) Movers and Shakers, 2 October 2020 The Parliament Magazine.
  17. ^ Advisory Board European Logistics Platform.
  18. ^ Hutchinson, Lorna (21 March 2019). "MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners". The Parliament Magazine. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  19. ^ Voss, Axel. "Personal Information of Axel Voss". Homepage (in German). Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.

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