Markus Pieper ( born May 15, 1963 in Hameln ) is a German politician. He is since 2004 the CDU MEP for North Rhine- Westphalia and represents the CDU district association Munsterland. In the European Parliament he is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Regional Development for the European People's Party. Pieper is chairman of the European Commission of the German SME Business Association (MIT).
Markus Pieper studied geography, economics and spatial planning at the Universities of Hannover and Göttingen. As a graduate geographer he received his doctorate from 1992 to 1994 about the changing meaning of industrial location factors in the later President of the University of Hannover, Ludwig Schätzl. From 1989 and later, in parallel with the dissertation Pieper worked as a project manager at the corporate and municipal consulting Troje GmbH in Hann. Munden. In 1994, Pieper for Industry and Commerce Osnabrück -Emsland and was here in 1996 Managing Director. From 1998 to 2004 he was also vice-chairman of the Lower Saxony Association for security in the economy. From 1994 to 2004 he was a lecturer at the University of Osnabrück.
2004 Pieper was elected to the European Parliament. His political functions has been one of 2006 's membership in the State Executive Committee of the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU and since 2010, the Deputy Chairman of the CDU district association Steinfurt. About the political functions, he is committed to including Deputy Chairman at Germany and European Policy Education NRW ( DEPB ) and is a member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, as well as in the European Union.
In the European Parliament Pieper is an expert in structural and regional policy. He is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Regional Development and regional policy spokesman of the CDU / CSU group. As rapporteur of Parliament Pieper dealt with Enlargement and the EU's absorption capacity. He is also responsible for the parliamentary report on the future of cohesion policy in 2014 and is the European Parliament Rapporteur for the financial relief of the EU Commission. In addition to the committees "Regional Development " and " Budgetary Control " Pieper engaged in the "Industry Committee" is the speaker of the CDU / CSU parliamentary circle middle class (PKM Europe) and a member of the EU Committee of the German Bundestag. He is also a member of the Delegation for parliamentary cooperation between the EU and countries of Central Asia and General Secretary of the Intergroup "Sustainable Hunting, rural development, forest ".
Markus Pieper is married with his wife Sabine Lockstedt three children. The family lives in Lotte. He is a member of local clubs eV in the regional Conservancy and the Anglervereinung and in Münster.