Get to know Philippe Lamberts
Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian member of the Green party, is the new co-chairman of the Greens group in the European Parliament alongside Germany's Rebecca Harms. Elected on 11 June, he succeeds Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Green party member elected in France. Find out more about Lamberts and his political platform in our interview.
Concerning the presidency of the European Commission, Lamberts has made clear that the Greens will not support a candidate who was not put forth during the European elections. Commenting on British Prime Minister Cameron and the post of the Commission President he says: "If a majority of heads of state and government want to appoint Juncker, then he should be appointed, or nominated, by the heads of state and government. The UK can't always be in the majority."
Philippe Lamberts, who previously worked in IT and has four children, was first elected as an MEP in 2004 with the Greens. During the last legislative term of the EP, he was a member of the Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs; Industry, Research and Energy; and the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China. He was also co-spokesperson of the Greens.
Before the first plenary on 1 July, watch our interviews with all the heads of EP political groups in the 2014-2019 legislative term.