Dagmar Freitag is the new Chairwoman of the German-US Parliamentary Friendship Group in the German Bundestag. She has been elected on the suggestion of the former Chairman Peer Steinbrück who gave up his parliamentary seat by the end of September.
The purpose of the parliamentary friendship groups is to promote ongoing dialogue with the parliamentary institutions of the partner states. Primarily, this involves exchanges of information and opinions with members of other parliaments. In parallel to these discussions, the groups also organize meetings with government and civil-society representatives. All these encounters offer numerous opportunities for the participants to discuss differing worldviews and learn from each other. Furthermore, the groups’ work aims at supporting Germany’s foreign policy.
Dagmar Freitag has been a longstanding member of the German-US Parliamentary Friendship Group. Since 2014, she has also been serving as the spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group’s discussion group on the USA / North America. As a co-rapporteur for the international exchange program Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), Freitag has been a strong advocate for dialogue especially among young people across the Atlantic. In May 2016, she received the German American Business Council’s Leadership-Award for her continued commitment to the transatlantic partnership. And this will also be the future goal of Dagmar Freitag: „I'm really looking forward to intensifying my contribution to the transatlantic dialogue as the new Chairwoman of the German-US Parliamentary Friendship Group.”
Freitag will resign as chairwoman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the SADC States (SADC: Southern African Development Community), a post she has held since the beginning of the 18th electoral term. “However, since Southern Africa is still a region of great personal importance to me, I will continue to be a member of the SADC parliamentary friendship group,” Freitag concluded.