Nicola Beer

Vice President of the European Parliament
Nicola Beer
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Beer in 2016
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Serving with See List
PresidentDavid Sassoli
Roberta Metsola
Deputy Leader of the Free Democratic Party
Assumed office
26 April 2019
Serving with Wolfgang Kubicki and Katja Suding
LeaderChristian Lindner
Preceded byMarie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann
General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party
In office
7 December 2013 – 26 April 2019
LeaderChristian Lindner
Preceded byPatrick Döring
Succeeded byLinda Teuteberg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Member of the Bundestag
for Hesse
In office
24 October 2017 – 30 June 2019
Succeeded byPeter Heidt
ConstituencyFDP List
Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of Hesse
In office
31 May 2012 – 18 January 2014
Prime MinisterVolker Bouffier
Preceded byDorothea Henzler
Succeeded byRalph Alexander Lorz
State Secretary for Justice, Integration and European Affairs of Hesse
In office
5 February 2009 – 31 May 2012
Prime MinisterRoland Koch
Volker Bouffier
Preceded byThomas Schäfer (Justice)
Succeeded byZsuzsa Breier
Member of the Landtag of Hesse
In office
18 January 2014 – 31 October 2017
Succeeded byWiebke Knell
In office
5 April 1999 – 5 February 2009
Succeeded byJochen Paulus
Personal details
Born (1970-01-23) 23 January 1970 (age 52)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Political party
Alma materUniversity of Frankfurt

Nicola Beer (born 23 January 1970) is a German lawyer and politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019, and as one of its Vice-Presidents.

Early life and career

Beer finished highschool with a bilingual degree in German and French in 1989. She went on to study law at the University of Frankfurt from 1991 until 1997.

Political career

Career in state politics

Beer became member of the FDP in 1991. She was first elected as member of the Landtag of Hesse in the 1999 state elections. Between 2008 and 2009, she served as deputy chairperson of the FDP parliamentary group, under the leadership of chairman Jörg-Uwe Hahn.

In the cabinets of minister-presidents Roland Koch and Volker Bouffier, Beer served as State Secretary for European Affairs at the Hessian State Ministry of Justice between 2009 and 2012. In this capacity, she represented Hesse on the European Committee of the Regions. Between 2012 and 2014 she was State Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs in Hesse.[1]

Career in national politics

Beer was a FDP delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2017.

In late 2013, incoming FDP chairman Christian Lindner nominated Beer for the office of Secretary General; on 7 December 2013 she got elected (with 84.3% of all votes.[2] At the political convention of the FDP on 15 May 2015 she got reelected with 88.4% of all votes.[3]

Member of the German Parliament, 2017–2019

Ahead of the 2017 elections, Beer was elected to lead her party’s campaign in the state of Hesse.[4] In the – unsuccessful – negotiations to form a coalition government with the Christian Democrats – both the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) – and the Green Party, she was part of her party's delegation. She later became a member of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment.

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present

In September 2018, Beer announced that she would lead the FDP list and run for a parliamentary seat in the 2019 European elections.[5]

Following her election, Beer was part of a cross-party working group in charge of drafting the European Parliament's four-year work program on digitization.[6] She has been serving as one of its Vice-Presidents; in this capacity, she has been part of the Parliament’s leadership under Presidents David Sassoli (2019–2022) and Roberta Metsola (since 2022).[7] She also joined the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Since 2021, she has been part of the Parliament's delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe.[8]

Since 2019, Beer has been one of the three deputies of Christian Lindner in his capacity as FDP chairman.

In the negotiations to form a so-called traffic light coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), the Green Party and the FDP following the 2021 federal elections, Beer led her party's delegation in the working group on European affairs; her co-chairs from the other parties are Udo Bullmann and Franziska Brantner.[9]

Beer repeatedly publicly denied the consensus of climate science.[10] For example, Beer spoke in a tweet in 2017 of the "alleged occurrence of more extreme weather events" using the hashtag "#Fakenews".[10] In a statement, Beer described the "causality of extreme weather situations and climate change" as "scientifically refuted".[10] In contrast to Beer's statement, the greater magnitude and probability of "extreme weather events" has been deemed to be linked to human activity since the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.[11]

Other activities

  • Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse, Member of the Senate[12]
  • International Martin Luther Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2018) [13]
  • Deutsche Stiftung Frauengesundheit, Member of the Board of Trustees[14]
  • Association of Private Higher Education Institutions (VPH), Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2015)
  • Heraeus Bildungsstiftung, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Hessenpark, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Museum of World Cultures, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Stiftung Lesen, Member of the Board of Trustees[15]
  • World Vision Deutschland, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • German-French Lawyers’ Association (DFJ), Member
  • German-Israeli Association (DIG), Member
  • Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (JUH), Member
  • ZDF, Member of the Television Council (2015-2016)

Personal life

Beer is a mother of twins. In 2001, she separated from the children's father, fellow FDP politician Volker Stein.[16] Since 2018, she has been married to lawyer Jürgen Illing.


  1. ^ "Nicola Beer, FDP". Deutscher Bundestag (in German). Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ Personal Information Archived 2 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine on her German homepage
  3. ^ [1] German article on the event
  4. ^ Parteitag in Hanau: Nicola Beer ist FDP-Spitzenkandidatin für Bundestagswahl Frankfurter Neue Presse, 18 March 2017.
  5. ^ Michael Bröcker (23 September 2018), EU-Wahl: FDP nominiert Beer zur Spitzenkandidatin Rheinische Post.
  6. ^ Florian Eder (13 June 2019), POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Madrid’s moment — Parliament working groups sneak peak — Happy birthday, GDPR Politico Europe.
  7. ^ The new European Parliament Vice-Presidents European Parliament, press release of 3 July 2019.
  8. ^ Members of the delegation to the Conference on the Future of Europe European Parliament.
  9. ^ Andreas Apetz and Thomas Kaspar (October 22, 2021), Ampel-Koalition: Alle Verantwortlichen, AGs und Themen im Überblick Frankfurter Rundschau.
  10. ^ a b c Bernhard Pötter: FDP-Generalsekretärin Nicola Beer: Mit Klima-Fake-News nach Brüssel. 26 Januar 2019, accessed on 5 September 2021. In German.
  11. ^ IPCC, 2021: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Masson-Delmotte, V., P. Zhai, A. Pirani, S. L. Connors, C. Péan, S. Berger, N. Caud, Y. Chen, L. Goldfarb, M. I. Gomis, M. Huang, K. Leitzell, E. Lonnoy, J.B.R. Matthews, T. K. Maycock, T. Waterfield, O. Yelekçi, R. Yu and B. Zhou (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press.
  12. ^ Senate Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse.
  13. ^ Kuratorium wählt neues Mitglied Thüringer Allgemeine, 1 August 2018.
  14. ^ Board of Trustees Deutsche Stiftung Frauengesundheit.
  15. ^ Board of Trustees Stiftung Lesen.
  16. ^ Thomas Remlein (28 September 2016), Der Ruf nach Nicola Beer wird lauter Frankfurter Neue Presse.


  • Beer, Nicola, Internationales Biographisches Archiv 36/2012 from 4 September 2012, in Munzinger-Archive (Beginning of the article available for free)

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