I am South Tyrolean and in the European Parliament I am representing the people of the Euroregion Tirol-South Tyrol-Trentino and of the Belluno and Friuli areas.
I was born in 1969 in Brixen/Bressanone and I studied Agrarian Sciences in Piacenza.
My professional career started as a professor at the Agricultural College in Auer/Ora before I became the director of the agriculture department at the Bozen/Bolzano Chamber of Commerce. Later on, I directed for nearly 10 years the South Tyrolean Farmers' Federation.
I started my political career in 2005, with the South Tyrolean People's Party, as mayor of my hometown. In 2009 I was elected for my first mandate at the European Parliament and was re-elected in 2014 and 2019 for a second and a third mandate.
SINCE OCTOBER 2014
President of the European Parliamentary Association (APE)