After working in municipal and local politics as well as a representative of my home region, Schleswig-Holstein, in the Committee of the Regions for a long period of time, I joined the European Parliament in 2008.

I was re-elected in 2009 and 2014 and currently focus on fisheries and maritime politics.

Within the Intergroup I was elected Vice-Chair in charge of the Baltic Sea basin. It is my ambition to promote the swift implementation of the 2009 Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and to ensure that the EU's efforts complement, facilitate and encourage the work of the many initiatives and institutions for regional (maritime) integration already in place across the Baltic Sea.

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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.