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  • Mr James Elles
    MEP and EIF Co-Founder
    European Parliament


European Conservatives and Reformists Group Member

Member: Committee on Budgets, Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee 

Substitute: Committee on Foreign Affairs, Delegation for relations with the United States 

  • University of Edinburgh (1968-1972). 
  • A graduate of Edinburgh University. Worked in the Directorate-General for External Relations at the European Commission (1976-1980); assistant to the Deputy Director-General for Agriculture in charge of agricultural markets (1980-1983). 
  • In the European Parliament: rapporteur on the European Union Budget (1996; 2007); founder and Chairman of the European Parliament's All-Party Group on Kashmir (2000). In the EPP-ED Group: Vice-Chairman (1999-2004); budget spokesman for the Group (1994-1999). 
  • A founder of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (1986). Founder and Chairman, Transatlantic Policy Network (1992-1999; 2009- ). Co-founder and Vice-Chairman, European Internet Foundation (2000). Founder and former Chairman, European Ideas Network (2002).