Pascal Durand

Pascal Durand (born 3 October 1960) is a French lawyer[1] and politician of La République En Marche ! (LREM) who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2014.

Pascal Durand
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
ConstituencyFrance
National Secretary of Europe Ecology – The Greens
In office
23 June 2012 – 30 November 2013
Preceded byCécile Duflot
Succeeded byEmmanuelle Cosse
Personal details
Born (1960-10-03) 3 October 1960 (age 60)
Montreuil, France
NationalityFrench
Political partyEurope Ecology – The Greens (2010-2016)
La République En Marche! (2019–present)

Political careerEdit

Career in national politicsEdit

Durand was elected spokesperson for Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV) at the party's 2011 congress in La Rochelle. He later served as national secretary of EELV from 23 June 2012 to 30 November 2013, succeeding Cécile Duflot.

In the EELV primaries ahead of the 2012 presidential elections, Durand served as director of candidate Nicolas Hulot's campaign. When Hulot eventually lost against Eva Joly, Durand joined Joly's campaign team.[2]

Member of the European ParliamentEdit

Since 2014, Durand has been a Member of the European Parliament. He has since been serving on the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. In the past, he was a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (2014-2019) and the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (2016-2017) that investigated the Panama Papers revelations and tax avoidance schemes more broadly. Notably, he authored an own-initiative report on the extension of product lifetime in 2017.[3][4]

In addition to his committee assignments, Durand is part of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals,[5] Responsible Business Conduct Working Group[6] and the MEPs Against Cancer group.[7]

In February 2016, Durand left EELV to join Nicolas Hulot's campaign for the 2017 presidential elections.[8]

In 2019, Durand was the only French delegate to vote against the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.[9]`

In May 2019, Durand was reelected as Member of the European Parliament in the Renew Europe group. In the European Parliament, he serves as coordinator of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) for the Renew Europe group where he works to reform EU institutions and to launch the works of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Since 2021, he has been part of the Parliament's delegation to the Conference.[10]

Durand is also a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) and the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT). In addition to his committee assignments, he is part of the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability.[11]

Political positionsEdit

In the preparations for a Conference on the Future of Europe in 2020, Durand proposed Joschka Fischer and Emma Bonino as potential chairs for the conference.[12]

In May 2021, Durand joined a group of 39 mostly Green Party lawmakers from the European Parliament who in a letter urged the leaders of Germany, France and Italy not to support Arctic LNG 2, a $21 billion Russian Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, due to climate change concerns.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thierry Lévêque (June 23, 2012), Pascal Durand, patron tranquille d'un parti écologiste turbulent Reuters.
  2. ^ Thierry Lévêque (June 23, 2012), Pascal Durand, patron tranquille d'un parti écologiste turbulent Reuters.
  3. ^ Quentin Soubranne (July 6, 2017), Obsolescence programmée : vers la fin d'un grand gâchis Le Point.
  4. ^ Marion Candau (February 15, 2018), France pushes for product ‘lifetime’ labelling EURACTIV.
  5. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  6. ^ Members the Responsible Business Conduct Working Group.
  7. ^ MAC MEPs in the 2019-24 legislature MEPs Against Cancer.
  8. ^ Jules Pecnard (February 1, 2016), L'ex-patron d'EELV Pascal Durand quitte le parti pour rejoindre Nicolas Hulot Le Figaro.
  9. ^ Barbière, Cécile (2018-09-14). "French applaud EU copyright reform vote". euractiv.com. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  10. ^ Members of the delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe European Parliament.
  11. ^ Members of the Disability Intergroup - Renew Europe European Disability Forum.
  12. ^ Maïa de La Baume (October 13, 2020), New names in frame to preside over conference on EU’s future Politico Europe.
  13. ^ Kate Abnett and Simon Jessop (19 May 2021), EU lawmakers urge France, Germany, Italy to ditch Arctic LNG 2 support Reuters.

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