Margrete Auken
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Margrete Auken
Margrete Auken

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Member of the European Parliament

20 July 2004
Member of the Folketing

22 October 1979 - 20 July 2004
Personal details
Margrete Helle Auken

(1945-01-06) 6 January 1945 (age 74)
Århus, Denmark
Political party Danish
Socialistisk Folkeparti
European Green Party
Spouse(s)Erik Aksel Nielsen
RelationsSvend Auken (Brother), Ida Auken (Daughter)
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen

Margrete Helle Auken (born 6 January 1945) is a Danish politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2004. She is a member of the Socialistisk Folkeparti, part of the European Green Party.

Early life and education

Auken was educated at the University of Copenhagen and is a sognepræst (parish priest) at the Frederiksberg Church in the Church of Denmark.


Auken was a member of the Danish parliament from October 1979 to December 1990 and from September 1994 to June 2004.

When she was elected as the sole candidate for SF for the European Parliament in 2004[1] Auken sparked an uproar in SF by choosing to join the European Green Party - European Free Alliance instead of the European United Left - Nordic Green League without the approval of SF.

In parliament, Auken has been serving on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety since 2014. She had previously been a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (2004-2007), the Committee on Development (2005-2009). In 2007 she also joined the Committee on Petitions. In addition to her committee assignments, she is a member of the delegation for relations with Palestine and of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.[2] She was re-elected in 2019.[3]

Personal life

Auken's brother is Svend Auken. Her daughter Ida Auken is also a priest and politician, though since 2014 she has been a member of the Danish Social Liberal Party, unlike her mother. The younger Auken was Minister of the Environment in the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt I.


  1. ^ Margrete Auken's biography by European Greens
  2. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
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