Mairead McGuinness MEP is Vice-President of the European Parliament. In May 2014 Mairead was elected to the European Parliament for the third time.
She is an agricultural economist, working on the future shape of agriculture and rural development, global development policy, the environment, public health and food safety and security.
Mairead is a member of the Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and a substitute on the Parliament’s Environment Committee.
She was lead negotiator for the EPP, the largest political grouping in the Parliament, on the reform of the CAP. In this role she successfully fought against substantial cuts to the CAP budget.
She authored a major report for the Parliament on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy and Global Food Security. Currently, Mairead is authoring the Agriculture Committee’s opinion on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, an area that Mairead has a particular interest in.
As Vice-President, Mairead has responsibility for the Parliament’s scientific research body – STOA, which aims to bridge the gap between the scientific community and policy-makers.
In recognition of her achievements in agriculture and food science Mairead received an alumni award from University College Dublin in 2014. Mairead was voted MEP of the Year for agriculture in 2011.