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Liselotte Carola (Lissy) Gröner (31 May 1954 – 9 September 2019)[1] was a German politician and from 1989 to 2009 was a Member of the European Parliament with the Social Democratic Party of Germany, part of the Socialist Group. She sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education and its Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

Lissy Gröner

Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
In office
Personal details
Born(1954-05-31)31 May 1954
Langenfeld, Germany
Died9 September 2019(2019-09-09) (aged 65)
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Germany
Spouse(s)Sabine Gillessen (2005–2019)

She was a substitute for the Committee on Budgets, substitute for the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).


  • Vice-President of SIW (Socialist International Women)
  • PSE coordinator on the Committee on Women's Rights and Equal opportunities
  • Vice-Chair of the Children's Alliance
  • Member of the board of the Association of Social-Democratic Women

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Rapporteur forEdit

  • The 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing and Beijing +5
  • Problems of children in the European Community
  • Poverty among women in Europe
  • Equal opportunities programme (interim report)
  • 2000-2006: The Youth Action Programme
  • White Paper on youth

Personal lifeEdit

Gröner was a lesbian and was married to Sabine Gillessen. The couple married in Belgium in September 2005, with Gröner announcing, "There is no discrimination of same-sex couples in Belgium by law. And this is the signal we want to give to the people in Europe, to send the message out: it's possible to honor the love of same-sex people by law".[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tod von Lissy Gröner löst in Neustadt Trauer aus" (in German). 10 September 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  2. ^ "German MEP marries lesbian partner in Brussels". 10 September 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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