Ismail Ertug, MEP and vice-president of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, was born in Amberg, Germany, in 1975. After his studies, he held various positions at the German Central Health Insurance Fund.
He was elected to the European Parliament in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Since then, he has been a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).
During his second term, he was the coordinator of the S&D Group in the TRAN committee and a member of the Delegation for relations with Southeast Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Since 2019, Mr Ertug has been vice-chair of the S&D Group. In addition, he remains a full member of the TRAN committee and is a substitute for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. He is also a member of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP).
Mr Ertug always stands up for the rights of rail passengers, aiming to simplify cross-border travel and to regulate guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network.