Parliamentary Assembly session : 23 – 27 September 2002 

Pat COX, President of the European Parliament

Pat Cox is President of the European Parliament. He has been an MEP since 1989, representing the constituency of Munster in the Republic of Ireland. Before entering politics he worked both as an economics lecturer and as a journalist and television presenter on Irish television.

He was first elected President of the European Liberal Democrat Group in 1998 and was unanimously re-elected Group President in June 1999 following the elections to the European Parliament

Pat Cox graduated from Trinity College in 1974. He went on to become an economics lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin and the University of Limerick (formerly NIHE Limerick). During this time he contributed to the first ever under-graduate programme for European studies at an Irish University.

Between 1982 and 1986 Cox worked as a television current affairs reporter, presenter and investigative journalist on the television programme "Today Tonight". He reported on Irish and international and economic stories including US Presidential elections, United Kingdom and French general elections.

Following the formation of the Progressive Democrats, a new political party in Ireland in late 1985 Pat Cox was appointed as their founding General Secretary . Having been elected to the European parliament as a Progressive Democrate MEP in 1989, he played a key role in negotiating a programme for government which led to that Party`s first ever participation in a national coalition government in the summer of 1989. In November 1992 he was elected as a Member of the Irish Parliament (Dail Eireann), for the constituency of Cork South Central and during this time he was the party`s Finance spokesperson. He has been twice re-elected as an Independent MEP for Munster in 1994 and 1999.

In the European Parliament he has served as a full member on the:
- Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee
- Institutional Affairs Committee
- Sub-Committe on Monetary Affairs
He has been a substitute member of the following:
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Legal Affairs and Citizens Rights Committee

He has also been a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committees to Sweden and Austria, prior to their accession, Hungary and the delegation to South Africa.

As President of the Liberal Group and more recently as President of the European Parliament he has worked actively with and in all of the Candidate States of the E.U.Honours
- Freeman of Limerick City
- Honourary Doctor of Laws - National University of Ireland
- Honourary Fellow of the Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute
- Honourary Life Member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development