|Member of the European Parliament|
20 July 2004
|Member of the Folketing|
22 October 1979 - 20 July 2004
Margrete Helle Auken
6 January 1945
|Political party|| Danish|
European Green Party
|Spouse(s)||Erik Aksel Nielsen|
|Relations||Svend Auken (Brother), Ida Auken (Daughter)|
|Alma mater||University 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.
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 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. She was re-elected in 2019.
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.
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