Horst Schnellhardt

Kurt Oswald Horst Schnellhardt ( born May 12, 1946 in Rüdigershagen ) is a German politician ( CDU). He is a member of the European Parliament since 1994.

Life and career

After graduation Quick Hardt holds a degree in veterinary medicine and was thereafter from 1970 to 1990 worked as a veterinarian in Halberstadt. 1984 he obtained his PhD ( thesis A) for Dr. med. at the University of Leipzig with the thesis " Influence of relaxation with Sukzinylcholinchlorid before slaughter on muscle metabolism and meat quality in pigs ." Since 1986, Quick Hardt is a veterinary specialist in food hygiene. In 1990 he became a district veterinarian of the district of Halberstadt and took over in May 1990 to head the district veterinary office.


Quick Hardt joined the CDU in 1990 and was from 1992 to 1994 Chairman of the CDU district association Halberstadt. Since 1993 he is a member of the CDU state board of Saxony -Anhalt.

From 1990 to 1994, Schnellhardt Member of the Landtag of Saxony -Anhalt, where from 1992 to 1994 Chairman of the Group of the Working Group Federal and European Affairs and member of the board of the CDU parliamentary group.

Since 1994, Quick Hardt is a member of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Delegation to the ACP -EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Since the 2009 election, he is the only Member to Saxony-Anhalt represents in the European Parliament. Deputy, he is the Development Committee and the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia.

All his word messages in the EU Parliament are available online in the archive.

Quick Hardt was the European Parliament Rapporteur for the EU regulations on food hygiene 1 and spirits as well as for the EU - Directive 2000/36/EC chocolate - which was implemented in Germany by the cocoa and chocolate Regulation.

Quick Hardt- compromise

In the " vodka war " of the EU, there were bitter debates before 2006 in the European Union about whether beverages that were not distilled from grain or potatoes as " vodka " may be designated.

This was triggered, the beverage company Diageo, which produces his drink " Cîroc vodka" exclusively from grapes. The Governments of the States of the EU " vodka belt" argued that only vodka made ​​from grain or potatoes, and beet sugar and molasses should be established. In contrast, many other EU governments facing.

The compromise Quick Hardt, proposed and enforced by Horst Schnellhardt, finally determined that vodka can be made ​​from other foods, but then as " vodka produced from ... " must be declared.


Quick Hardt is a member of the European Union Parliamentarians European Parliament.

Cultural commitment

In 2006 Quick Hardt took over the patronage of the European choir night, which usually takes place in Magdeburg in the period around the Europe Day.