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Jeppe Sebastian Kofod (born 14 March 1974) is a Danish Social Democratic (SD) politician and the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark since 27 June 2019. Until then he was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Denmark as a member of the Party of European Socialists since 25 May 2014. He then also was the leader of the Social Democrat Group in the European Parliament.

Jeppe Kofod
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Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
27 June 2019
Prime MinisterMette Frederiksen
Preceded byAnders Samuelsen
Vice President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Assumed office
14 December 2016
PresidentSergei Stanishev
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the European Parliament
for Denmark
In office
1 July 2014 – 27 June 2019
Preceded byDan Jørgensen
Succeeded by???
Member of the Folketing
for Bornholm
In office
11 March 1998 – 30 June 2014
Preceded byEva Fatum
Succeeded byLea Wermelin
Personal details
Jeppe Sebastian Kofod

(1974-03-14) 14 March 1974 (age 45)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Political partySocial Democrats
Other political
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
EducationRoskilde University
Harvard University
WebsiteOfficial website

He has been a member of Danish Parliament from the Social Democrats from 1998 until 2014, where he was the lead candidate for the Social Democrats (Denmark) in the 2014 European Parliament election in Denmark. From 2006 to 2007 Jeppe completed a Master in Public Administration at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[1] Jeppe also sits on the Executive Committee of AWEPA.

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–2019Edit

Kofod was the head of the Danish Socialists and Democrats' delegation and Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.[2] Serving his first term, he was elected to the European Parliament at the 2014 European Parliament election, with a total of 170.739 personal votes.[3] He was re-elected in 2019.[4]

During his time in the European Parliament, Kofod served (or is a substitute) on the following Committees and Delegations:[5]

In addition to his committee assignments, Kofod was a member of the following intergroups in the European Parliament:

Kofod was also a supporter of the MEP Heart Group, a group of parliamentarians who have an interest in promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).[9]

Member of the Danish Parliament, 1998-2014Edit

Jeppe Kofod was a Member of the Danish Parliament, the Folketing, first elected after the 1998 Danish general election for the constituency of Bornholm.[10] During his time in the Danish Parliament he served as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.[10]

In 2008, he resigned as foreign policy spokesman for the Social Democrats after being found to have had sex with a 15-year-old member of the youth wing of the political party. Kofod was 34 years old at the time. Denmark's age of consent is 15. He commented at the time that he had shown a 'lack of judgment' in having a 'morally inappropriate relationship'. The incident had occurred at a party after a Social Democratic Youth of Denmark event on 21 March 2008 at the University of Southern Denmark.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ "Jeppe KOFOD | Curriculum vitae | MEPs | European Parliament". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ "KOFOD Jeppe | Socialists & Democrats". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Personlige stemmer til Europa-Parlamentsvalget 2014". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
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  6. ^ "EUFORES: Board of Presidents". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Members". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Members | The European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  9. ^ Supporters MEP Heart Group.
  10. ^ a b Biografiredaktionen. "Jeppe Kofod (S)". Folketinget (in Danish). Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Jeppe Kofod trækker sig efter sex med 15-årig". BT (in Danish). 25 March 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Jeppe Kofod fældet i sex-skandale". Århus Stiftstidende (in Danish). 25 March 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  13. ^ Beswick, Emma (14 November 2017). "How do different European countries define the age of sexual consent?". Euronews. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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