Michèle Rivasi

French politician
Michèle Rivasi
Michèle Rivasi,France-MIP-Europaparlament-by-Leila-Paul-2.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 July 2009
ConstituencySouth East France
Personal details
Born (1953-02-09) 9 February 1953 (age 69)
Montélimar, France
Political partyEurope Écologie–The Greens
Alma materENS Fontenay-aux-Roses

Michèle Rivasi (born 9 February 1953 in Montélimar, Drôme) is a French politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009,[1] for Europe Écologie–The Greens.

Education and early career

An alumna of the École normale supérieure de lettres et sciences humaines (Eng: Normal Superior school of Letters and Human Sciences), Rivasi worked as a biology teacher.[2]

Political career

Career in national politics

In 1986 Rivasi founded the Commission for Independent Research and Information on Radioactivity following the Chernobyl disaster.

From 1997 until 2002, Rivasi was a member of the National Assembly, representing the Drôme's 1st constituency (Valence). In parliament, she served on the Defence Committee.[3] She was classified as an independent ecologist close to the PS, but has since joined Europe Écologie–The Greens.

From September 2003 to November 2004, Rivasi was the director of Greenpeace in France.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present

In 2009, The Greens selected Rivasi to lead the Europe Écologie list in the South-East constituency ahead of the 2009 European elections, in addition to which she is an assistant to the Mayor of Valence, and a member of the General Council of the Drôme.

In parliament, Rivasi has served on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (2009-2014), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-2019) and the Special Committee on the European Union's authorisation procedure for pesticides (2018). Since the 2019 elections, she has been serving on the Committee on Development and the Committee on Budgetary Control. From 2010 until 2011, she notably served as the Parliament's rapporteur on measures to co-ordinate the European response to health crises such as the 2009 flu pandemic.[4][5] In 2020, she also joined the Special Committee on Beating Cancer.[6] Since 2021, she has been part of the Parliament's delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe.[7]

Following the 2019 elections, Rivasi was part of a cross-party working group in charge of drafting the European Parliament's four-year work program on digitization.[8]

In addition to her committee assignments, Rivasi has also been part of the Parliament's delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly since 2009.[9] She is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals[10]

Ahead of the 2017 French presidential election, Rivasi ran for her party's nomination for the presidency but eventually lost in the final round of the primaries against Yannick Jadot.[11][12]

In February 2019, Rivasi was one of four Green MEPs (the others being Molly Scott Cato, Tilly Metz, and Thomas Waitz) who were temporarily arrested after breaking into the Kleine Brogel Air Base to protest against the presence of U.S. B61 nuclear bombs on European soil; the protest followed the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty earlier that month.[13]

Political positions

Rivasi describes herself as “vaccination skeptic”.[14] She sparked controversy in July 2021 after comparing the extension of the health pass obligation announced by President Macron with apartheid and many left-wing officials, including from the Green, expressed their indignation and criticised her.[15] On two occasions in 2021 she made a communication to the so-called ″conseil scientifique indépendant″ (Independent scientific council) of the highly controversial RéinfoCovid website that propagates COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.[16]

She is a strong supporter of alternative medicine and homeopathy.[17] She opposes the planned Midi-Catalonia (Midcat) pipeline that would more than double the amount of gas that can be piped across the Pyrenees mountains that border Spain and France.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Your MEPs : Michèle RIVASI". Europa. European Parliament. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ Carmen Paun (January 15, 2018), Europe’s green brawler Politico Europe.
  3. ^ Michèle Rivasi National Assembly.
  4. ^ Peter O’Donnell (July 7, 2010), Ministers admit flu errors European Voice.
  5. ^ Dave Keating (December 7, 2011), Commission seeks powers to lead EU health-crises response European Voice.
  6. ^ Members of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer European Parliament, press release of July 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Members of the delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe European Parliament.
  8. ^ Florian Eder (June 13, 2019), POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Madrid’s moment — Parliament working groups sneak peak — Happy birthday, GDPR Politico Europe.
  9. ^ Michèle Rivasi European Parliament.
  10. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  11. ^ Sébastien Tronche (7 November 2016). "Yannick Jadot élu candidat d'EELV face à Michèle Rivasi pour la présidentielle de 2017". Le Lab. Europe 1. Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  12. ^ Quentin Ariès (November 7, 2016), French Greens pick MEP Jadot for 2017 presidential race Politico Europe.
  13. ^ Eline Schaart (February 20, 2019), 4 Green MEPs arrested after anti-nuclear protest at Belgian military base Politico Europe.
  14. ^ Rivasi’s blog.
  15. ^ BBC
  16. ^ Vincent Coquaz Libération, 27 April 2021.
  17. ^ Reporterre, June 2019
  18. ^ Geert De Clercq (April 17, 2018), Exclusive: Viability of French-Spain gas pipeline questioned - report Reuters.

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