Ulrike Lunacek is currently Vice President of the European Parliament; she has been MEP (Greens/EFA) since 2009, EP-Rapporteur for Kosovo, Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup of the EP; she is also a Member of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
Lunacek was born in Krems, Lower Austria on May 26th, 1957. She studied English-Spanish-German for the interpreter's degree at the University of Innsbruck. In 1995 she ran for a seat in the Austrian parliament for the first time and became the Austria's first openly lesbian politician.
Her specific work on foreign affairs, with a conflict prevention and rights-based focus on human rights, women's rights, rights of ethnic and sexual minorities, has been at the core of her political work even before she entered party politics, including the struggle for fair trade and socially and ecologically sustainable trade relations. Lunacek is also well known as a strong advocate of fundamental rights, and as a fighter against corruption, for rule of law and independent media, within the European Union and outside, especially in the Western Balkans.