Jo Leinen has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999. From 2004 to 2009 he was President of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and from 2009 to 2011 he chaired the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Jo Leinen has been the Chairman of the Delegation for the relations with China since 2014, and is a full member of both, the Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as well as a substitute member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs. He is also a full member of the European Parliament’s Working Group on EU-UN relations and a substitute Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. In the year 2000, he took part in the Convention for the Elaboration of a Charter of Fundamental Rights for the EU. Before becoming an MEP, Jo Leinen was Minister for the Environment in the State Government of Saarland, Germany from 1985 to 1994. After being President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) from 1997 to 2005, he was appointed the organization’s Honorary President. He served as a Vice President of the European Movement International (EMI) from 2003 to 2011, before becoming its President in November 2011.