Daniel Caspary (born 4 April 1976) is a German politician and member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2004. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), part of the European People’s Party (EPP). Caspary was elected chairman of the German CDU/CSU-delegation in the European Parliament in July 2017. He has been deputy-chairman of the Christian Democratic Union in his home-state of Baden-Württemberg since September 2017. The non-governmental organization VoteWatch named Caspary the second-most influential MEP in EU trade policy in November 2016. In March 2017, Politico ranked Caspary as 25th most influential MEP out of all 751 members of the European Parliament. Caspary lives in Weingarten. He is married and has four children.
Early life and career
Upon graduation from the Thomas-Mann Gymnasium in Stutensee, Caspary served in the federal German armed forces as first lieutenant in the reserve. He studied technical economics at the University of Karlsruhe. Alongside his studies he worked as assistant to the minister of agriculture in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Peter Hauk. After graduation in 2002, he went on to work for J.P. Morgan in Frankfurt and London, and as an authorised representative of MVV Energy AG in Mannheim.
Between 1999 and 2002, Caspary was deputy-chairman of the Junge Union (JU) Baden-Württemberg, the youth organization of the Christian Democratic Union. From 2001 until 2008 he served as district chairman of the Junge Union in Nordbaden. Caspary has been district-chairman of the CDU Karlsruhe-Land since 2010.
From 1999 until 2009 Caspary was a member of the city council in Stutensee.
Caspary was elected to the European Parliament in the 2004 elections, where he is a member of the European People’s Party. He is a member of the committee on international trade and served as coordinator of the EPP group between 2009 and 2017. Since 2015, Caspary has been co-chair of the European People’s Party trade ministers meetings alongside Jyrki Katainen, vice-president of the European Commission. From 2014 until 2017, he was chief-whip of the German CDU/CSU-delegation in the European Parliament. Caspary was elected chairman of the delegation in 2017. In this position, Caspary is an advisory member of the federal executive board of the Christian Democratic Union and member of the group bureau of the European People’s Party. Furthermore, as a member of the European Parliament, he is an ex officio member of the committee on the affairs of the European Union in the German Bundestag.
Both in the sixth and seventh European Parliament, Caspary served as rapporteur on the new trade agenda for Europe under the Europe 2020 strategy. Likewise, he is rapporteur on the legislative proposal on the access of third-country goods and services to the internal market of the EU in public procurement and access of EU goods and services to the public procurement markets of third countries.
In November 2008, Caspary was among those members of the European Parliament who witnessed the terror attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India.
In a ranking of the forty most influential members of the European Parliament, Politico ranked Caspary 16th in May 2016. In a renewed ranking published in March 2017, he was ranked 25th. In November 2016, the non-governmental organization VoteWatch named Caspary the second-most influential MEP in EU trade policy.
At the party convention of the CDU Baden-Württemberg in September 2017 Caspary was elected deputy-chairman and in May 2018, Caspary was re-established by the CDU Baden-Württemberg for the 2019 European elections.
Screening of foreign investments in strategic sectors
In April 2017, Caspary and nine further MEPs from the European People’s Party introduced an initiative to monitor and control investments in strategic sectors in the EU by investors from third countries. He supports the introduction of a review mechanism on the European level.
In December 2016, the European Parliament adopted a reform of its rules of procedure proposed by Caspary. Minor and major interpellations for written answer were introduced to complement the established practice of parliamentary questions.
In a written question for oral answer Caspary criticised insufficient answers provided to members of the European Parliament by the European Commission. In a plenary speech in April 2017, he emphasised the need for adequate answers to enable MEPs to exercise their oversight function over the European Commission.
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
As EPP spokesperson on trade Caspary supported the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada. He criticized the blockade by the Walloon region, which delayed the official signing of the agreement in October 2016.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
As a member of the committee on international trade, Caspary supports the conclusion of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the United States of America. In March 2013, he initiated the event series ‘Friends of TTIP’ as a platform for open and controversial discussion for representatives from politics, industries and civil society.
Working conditions in Bangladesh
In the debate about working conditions in Bangladesh resulting from repeated instances of fires and collapses of factory buildings, Caspary argues for a local improvement of working conditions in close cooperation with local authorities.
Import ban on products from Chinese Laogai
Since 2010 Caspary has been advocating to ban the import of goods produced in forced-labour camps in China.
Memberships (amongst others):
- European Energy Foundation (director)
- European Internet Foundation
- European Logistics Forum
- Friends of Vietnam Group
- German Red Cross
- Lions-Club Karlsruhe
- Paneuropean Union
- Transatlantic Policy Network
- Daniel Caspary, Jan Wißwässer und Julia Wolffson: EU und Mercosur – Ziele, Strategien und aktuelle Herausforderungen. In: Erich G. Fritz (Hrsg.): Brasilien: Auf dem Sprung zur Weltwirtschaftsmacht? Athena Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-89896-550-7.
- Daniel Caspary, Jan Wißwässer: ACTA – Das Symbol. Urheberrecht im europapolitischen Fokus. In: Die Politische Meinung. 9/2012, 514, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, ISSN 0032-3446, S. 10–14
- Daniel Caspary, Martina Chudejova und Jan Wißwässer: Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der Europäischen Union und Indien. In: Erich G. Fritz (Hrsg.): Entwicklungsland, Schwellenland, Global Player: Indiens Weg in die Verantwortung. Athena Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-89896-401-2.
- Daniel Casparyː Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments, Einblicke 2004–2019, von uns für Deutschland und Europa, Weingarten (Baden) 2018, ISBN 978-3-00-059375-8.