Board of Presidents

Jeppe Kofod, Acting President (MEP, S&D, Denmark)

Jeppe Kofod has been nominated EUFORES Acting President on 19 June 2018. He was EUFORES Vice-President since 2015. He is a Member of the European Parliament since 2014 (S&D).

He is the head of the Danish Social Democratic delegation. Jeppe is a member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, and Deputy Chairman of the EU-US delegation. Prior to the European elections, he was a Member of the Danish Parliament for 16 years (1998-2014) where he served as the Danish Social Democrats' foreign affairs spokesperson and chairperson of the Foreign Policy Committee.

Jeppe's focus areas include the fight for ambitious and binding climate and energy targets, better integration of renewables in the European energy grid, and EU energy independence based on RES.

Theresa Griffin, Vice-President (MEP, S&D, United Kingdom)

In 2014, Theresa was elected to the European Parliament to represent the North West of England.

Aligned to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Theresa is a full member and Labour Party Spokesperson for Industry, Research and Energy and a substitute member on the Transport and Tourism committee. 

Theresa has worked extensively on energy policy, detailing the importance of the coordination of national energy policies in order to achieve EU-wide energy efficiency and security, and is currently Chair of the S&D Working Group on Energy Poverty. In March 2015, Theresa contributed to the tenth report of the UK Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee outlining future UK energy and climate change policy challenges, with particular focus on energy poverty.

Florent Marcellesi, Vice-President (MEP, Greens, Spain)

Florent Marcellesi was appointed EUFORES Vice-President on 20 June 2018. Florent Marcellesi is MEP from Spain (EQUO) integrated in the Greens/EFA group. As civil engineer and urban planner, he is a specialist in transition process from unsustainable economy towards green and fair economy. In particular, he works on comprehensive energy and climate policies, and on the just and green transition in coal regions.

Besides the EP, Florent is member of the Spanish think Tank EcoPolítica and author among other books of “Which Europe do we want?” (Icaria, 2014) and “Goodbye, growth. Living well in a world of solidarity and sustainability” (El Viejo Topo, 2013).

 

 

 

Outgoing President of EUFORES

Claude Turmes, Former President (MEP, Greens, Luxembourg)

Claude Turmes was President of EUFORES from 2010 until 20 June 2018. From 2003-2010 he was Vice-President of EUFORES. He has been a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 20 June 2018. Claude was appointed State Secretary for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Government of Luxembourg on 20 June 2018.

Claude Turmes was Rapporteur in the ITRE committee for e.g. the Renewables Directive, the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund, for the Energy Efficiency Directive and of the Governance Directive of the Clean Energy Package. Beyond that, he was Shadow Rapporteur for manifold directives and reports.

Claude Turmes was a deputy for Luxembourg. He studied physical and sports education, and worked as a teacher from 1986-1999. Already then, he was actively involved in several environmental organisations in Luxembourg and at European level, especially focusing on energy policies.

Honorary Presidents of EUFORES

Mechtild Rothe - Honorary President

Mechtild Rothe was President of EUFORES from 2003-2009. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984-2009 in the PSE group and from January 2007 until July 2009 Vice-President of the European Parliament. Mechtild Rothe has always been a very prominent promoter of renewable energy sources.

 

Within the Parliament, Mechtild Rothe belonged to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Several times, she was rapporteur for directives concerning renewable energy and energy efficiency. For example, she was the rapporteur for the Green and White Paper on Renewable Energies, for the EU Directive on Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources, for the Energy Efficiency Directive and for the Initiative Report on Heating and Cooling from renewable energy.

 

Mechtild Rothe is a German national.  Before joining the European Parliament in 1984, she worked as a Secondary School Teacher. After resigning from the active work as parliamentarian, she continued in her role as EUFORES President until the election of the EUFORES Board of Presidents in February 2010. During that election she was granted the title "Honorary President" of EUFORES to thank her for all the years of commitment to EUFORES and a sustainable energy future in Europe. She will remain close advisor to EUFORES as Honorary President.