Co- and vice-chairs



Peter van Dalen (EPP)                               

Carlo Fidanza (ECR)


Andreas Glueck (Renew)                       Joachim Kuhs (ID)

Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR)                        Cristian Terhes (ECR)


Peter van Dalen is a Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands. His political party is the ChristianUnion and in the European Parliament he is a member of the EPP Group. He is currently serving his third term. Van Dalen was educated in history, law and international relations, worked as a teacher and many years for the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Mr. Van Dalen is an active member of the European Parliament committees on Fisheries (PECH) and Human Rights (DROI). From the start of his first term, Van Dalen has worked for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief. He initiated the first parliamentary debate dealing exclusively with religious freedom, in 2011. Van Dalen has written many parliamentary resolutions on the subject and is behind many initiatives such as events, letters and parliamentary questions on the situation of religious and faith communities.

Carlo Fidanza

Carlo Fidanza was elected at the European Parliament for his second term in 2019. He now serves as Head of the Italian delegation in the ECR group at the EP where he serves as member of IMCO committee and TRAN committee. At national level, he is Head of Foreign Affairs for Fratelli d’Italia, his party. He is also Co-Chair of the FoRB intergroup as he is deeply committed to the promotion of freedom of religion or belief. In his work at the European Parliament and at national level, he organizes several initiatives in defense of persecuted religious communities around the world.


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