Damien Careme (born 16 November 1960 in Joeuf) is a French politician of Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV) who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019.
A former member of the Socialist Party (PS), Careme served as mayor of Grande-Synthe from 2001 until 2019. During his time in office, he worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on constructing the first purpose-built camp in France to provide proper, humanitarian-standard shelter to about 2,500 refugees in response to the French government’s closure of the port of Calais during the European migrant crisis in 2016. He endorsed Benoit Hamon ahead of the 2017 French presidential election.
In the European Parliament, Careme serves on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He was his parliamentary group’s shadow rapporteur on a non-binding 2021 motion in support of using “low-carbon hydrogen” made from fossil gas as a bridge towards 100% renewable production.
In addition to his committee assignments, Careme is part of the parliament’s delegation for relations with South Africa.
Careme is divorced and has two children; one of them is Baptiste Careme.
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