Knut FLECKENSTEIN : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 01-07-2014 / 14-12-2016 : Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament - Vice-Chair
  • 15-12-2016 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament - Member

National parties 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Germany)

Member 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
  • 22-10-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Foreign Affairs

Substitute 

  • 08-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Transport and Tourism
  • 08-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • 14-07-2014 / 21-10-2014 : Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee
  • 12-07-2016 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly
  • 19-01-2017 / 11-06-2017 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Transport and Tourism
  • 12-06-2017 / 13-06-2017 : Subcommittee on Human Rights

Main parliamentary activities 

Contributions to plenary debates 
Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Reports - as rapporteur 
A rapporteur is appointed in the responsible parliamentary committee to draft a report on proposals of a legislative or budgetary nature, or other issues. In drafting their report, rapporteurs may consult with relevant experts and stakeholders. They are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs. Reports adopted at committee level are then examined and voted on in plenary. Rule 55

Reports - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for each report in the responsible committee to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

Motions for resolutions 
Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Oral questions 
Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Other parliamentary activities 

Written explanations of vote 
Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defence industry (A8-0037/2018 - Françoise Grossetête) DE  
 

Die SPD-Gruppe im Europaparlament wendet sich weder gegen eine Europäische Verteidigungsunion noch PESCO, noch gegen die dadurch entstehenden Synergie- und Einsparungseffekte. Um die Verteidigungsunion umzusetzen, brauchen wir aber vor allem den politischen Willen der Mitgliedstaaten. Eine Stärkung der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der bereits heute gut aufgestellten europäischen Verteidigungsindustrie, die mit dem Europäischen Programm zur industriellen Entwicklung im Verteidigungsbereich angestrebt wird, ist hingegen falsch konzipiert. Denn dies löst die Probleme bestehender Doppelstrukturen und Inkompatibilitäten in der Rüstungsbeschaffung nicht. Stattdessen befördert der Fokus auf die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit vor allem europäische Waffenexporte. In diesem Zusammenhang kritisieren wir die mangelnde Exportkontrolle. Einer Subventionierung für prosperierende Rüstungskonzerne mit europäischem Steuergeld aus zivilen Förderprogrammen stimmen wir als SPD-Gruppe im Europaparlament nicht zu. EU-Mittel sollten im Rahmen einer EU-Industriestrategie an Sektoren mit wirklichem Förderungsbedarf vergeben werden.

Written questions 
Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Declarations 

Declaration of financial interests