Co-Chairs

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Peter van Dalen

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.

Vice-Chairs


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Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR)    

Bert-Jan Ruissen (born 22 March 1972) is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Netherlands. He is a member of the Reformed Political Party (SGP), part of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

 

Ruissen studied plant science at Wageningen University and Research in The Netherlands. In 1995 he became assistant to MEP Leen van der Waal in the European Parliament. Later he worked as advisor for EU Agriculture Policy at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

 

Ruissen was elected to the local council of Krimpen aan den IJssel from 2006 until 2019. In the 2019 European Parliament election he was elected from the second place of a common list of Christian Union – Reformed Political Party. He became full Member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, as well substitute Member of the European Parliament Committee on Fisheries and European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also serves as first vice chair of the European Parliament delegation for the relations with Israel.

                 

Andreas Glueck (Renew)                       

Joachim Kuhs (ID)

Cristian Terhes (ECR)

Secretariat

The Intergroup Secretariat is temporarily run by a parliamentary assistant of MEP Peter van Dalen and of MEP Fidanza. The Intergroup does not endorse views or opinions expressed when made by the secretariat staff in their other positions. If you would like to contact them, please email secretariat@religiousfreedom.eu