Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to address European Parliament 

Germany’s newly-elected Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will address MEPs in a formal sitting on Tuesday at noon. Previously Federal Foreign Minister, Mr Steinmeier was elected as 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany on 12 February 2017. He took office on 19 March.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 61, served as Head of the Federal Chancellery from 1999. He was appointed Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2005 and was also Deputy Chancellor from 2007. In 2009, he became a Member of the German Bundestag. The parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in the German Bundestag elected him as chairperson. Four years later, he became Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs for the second time, and served in this role until January 2017.

Past German federal presidents who addressed the European Parliament:

  • Roman Herzog (10.10.1995)
  • Johannes Rau (4.4.2001)
  • Horst Köhler (14.3.2006)

Debate:  Tuesday, 4 April

Procedure:  Formal sitting