Sharon Bowles MEP – South East England

Sharon Bowles MEP – South East England

Sharon Bowles MEPSharon Bowles became one of the Liberal Democrat MEPs for South East England in 2005, after Chris Huhne stood down following his election to the Westminster Parliament. She was re-elected in 2009.

A chartered Patent and European Patent Attorney with her own professional practice (Bowles Horton partnership), she has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patents for leading edge companies over a wide range of technical fields.

Sharon has been a full member of the influential Economic and Monetary Affairs committee of which she was elected Chairwoman in 2009 – as the first Liberal and Briton in this job. She was reelected to this role in January 2012. She also sits as a substitute member of the Legal Affairs committee since January 2007. In February 2006 she was central in the formation of the Committee of Inquiry into the crisis of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. She was a member of the Financial and Economic Crisis committee.

As shadow rapporteur for ALDE, Sharonhas been a key player in the Payment Services Directive (PSD) negotiations. As rapporteur she led for the Parliament on fiscal fraud and was shadow rapporteur on Solvency II. However, her technical and professional experience has meant she has been involved in a range of matters spread over many other committees. She took an active part in the latter stages of the debate on Computer Implemented Inventions and has been closely following all matters relating to Intellectual Property.

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