Udo Bullmann

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Udo Bullmann (2019)

Hans Udo Bullmann (* 8. June 1956 in Giessen ) is a German SPD - politician and since 1999 SPD MEP for Hessen in the Group of European Socialists ( S & D ) of the European Parliament . From 2016 he was deputy group chairman and from March 2018 to June 2019 chairman of the S&D group. Together with the then Federal Minister of Justice Katarina Barley , he was the SPD's top candidate for the 2019 European elections . In the ninth legislative term he is the coordinator of his group in the Committee on Development .


Bullmann studied political science , sociology , public law and economics and graduated in 1982 with a Magister Artium . He was promoted to Dr. rer. soc. doctorate and was from 1989 to 1996 research assistant at the University of Giessen. From 1994 to 1997 he was a fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and from 1994 to 1998 Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Government at the University of Strathclyde / Glasgow . From 1998 until he was elected to the European Parliament in 1999, he was a university lecturer and Jean Monnet Professor for European Studies ( Studies on European Integration ) at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen .

Political career

Udo Bullmann at the SPD federal party conference on March 19, 2017 in Berlin

Bullmann has been a member of the SPD since 1975 and until 1991 was mainly involved with the Young Socialists, whose Hessian state chairman he was most recently. In 1999 Bullmann was elected to the European Parliament after he was a substitute candidate for Willi Görlach in 1994 . From 2012 to the beginning of 2017 he was chairman of the SPD group in the European Parliament, of which he was deputy chairman since May 2003.

His priorities in this position were economy and employment, the EU Lisbon strategy , the European financial services market, as well as development and regional policy .

He has been an elected member of the SPD party executive committee since 2015 . On March 19, 2017, he was elected by the extraordinary party congress in accordance with Section 23 (1) sentence 1 letter e) of the SPD's organizational statute as the successor to Martin Schulz, who was elected chairman at the same party congress, as the party executive responsible for the European Union.

From March 2018 to June 2019 he was group leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament.

Bullmann was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and a deputy in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs until his election as parliamentary group chairman . In his capacity as group leader he was a member of the Conference of Presidents .

In December 2018, he and Katarina Barley were elected to the top of the SPD's European list for the 2019 European elections. During the election campaign, Bullmann focused on the fight against nationalism and chauvinism. He called for central reforms for the future of Europe, including equal pay for equal work, equal taxation wherever profits are made, and more investment in education and infrastructure.

On June 17, 2019, he announced that he would not stand again as chairman of the parliamentary group. So he avoided a candidate for a fight against the Spaniard Iratxe García .

In the new legislative period he is development policy spokesman for his group. He places a focus on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals .

He is a member of the delegation for relations with the countries of Central America as well as the delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly . He is also an alternate member of the Budget Committee .


Bullmann is a member of the United Service Union (ver.di), the Europa-Union Germany , the Europa-Union parliamentary group European Parliament and Brussels Labor as well as the International Political Science Association (IPSA) .


Bullmann is married and has three children.

Web links

Commons : Udo Bullmann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. European Parliament. Citizens Handbook 5th electoral term 1999–2004. Rheinbreitbach: Neue Darmstädter Verlagsanstalt, 2000. P. 37.
  2. Progressive Alliance of Social Democrats in the European Parliament: S&D Members - Our Board socialistsanddemocrats.eu
  3. SPD.de: "Europe is the answer"
  4. European Parliament website. [1]
  5. udo-bullmann.de CV ( Memento from June 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  6. SPD Organizational Statute 2018 spd.de
  7. www.spd.de
  8. Udo Bullmann gives up the chairmanship of the Social Democrats
  9. Overview of positions within the S&D parliamentary group
  10. ^ Paper in Social Europe: Changing the Game: EU Development Policy for Sustainable Equality
  11. ^ Udo Bullmann - European Parliament website