European Parliament's Committee on Transport Chaired by Green Party Cyclist

Michael Cramer, an MEP for Alliance ’90/The Greens, was elected chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism on July 7 for a two-and-a-half year term. It is expected that with the leadership of Cramer, Europe’s transport future will become greener and more sustainable.

“My goal is to be a positive force in ensuring the committee pushes for sustainable, safe and affordable transport across Europe and that our work is carried out in as transparent and fair a manner as possible,” said Cramer, commenting after his election as EP transport committee chair earlier this month.

“Strengthening the role of the European Parliament vis-à-vis the other EU institutions and EU governments will also be a priority over the coming term,” Cramer said.

From 1989 to 2004 Cramer was a Member of the Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin, the Berlin House of Representatives. He worked mainly on Berlin’s transport policy, and served as spokesman for transportation issues for Alliance ’90/The Greens in Berlin.

In 2004 Cramer was first elected to the European Parliament, and was re-elected in 2009 for the Green Party. Cramer has been serving as a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. 

Cramer is also the founder of the Iron Curtain Trail, a project to complete a long-distance cycling route following the old border of the Iron Curtain in Europe.

He has issued an open invitation to everyone to discover the former divisions of Europe by bicycle, a sustainable mode of transport. 

For a more detailed article on Cramer’s contributions to sustainable transport, please see the original article by Jean-Marc Cogniard from Open MCB Community in here

More information of Craner’s advocacy and news can be found on his website: