President Gabriele Zimmer
Gabi Zimmer (DIE.LINKE/Germany) was elected president of the GUE/NGL group in March 2012 and reelected following the 2014 elections. She has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004.
Between 2000 and 2003 she was president of the German left party PDS (which merged to become DIE.LINKE in 2007). Before that she was president of “PDS Thüringen” from 1990 until 1998 and, at the same time, a Member of the Regional Parliament of Thuringia until 2004.
Her main political objectives are the fight against hunger, poverty, and social exclusion both within and outside the EU. As a former member of the Development Committee, she was the European Parliament’s rapporteur on food security challenges in developing countries and her parliamentary work was in particular dedicated to achieving food and nutrition security. Ms Zimmer works for social fundamental rights and standards such as a minimum income, a minimum wage, the right to decent housing and energy provision.
The group’s MEPs also has four Deputy Presidents: Paloma Lopez (Spain), Dennis de Jong (Netherlands), Neoklis Sylikiotis (Cyprus) and Patrick Le Hyaric (France)