Angelika Niebler

Angelika Niebler is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament for Germany. She is a member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, part of the European People's Party.


Professional career

Niebler practiced with Lovells from 1991 to 1997 and – as Salary Partner – with Beiten Burkhardt from 1997 to 2004. From 2004 to 2015, she worked at Bird & Bird’s Munich office. In September 2015, she joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Munich office as of counsel, where she supports the firm’s Media, Entertainment & Technology Group as well as the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Group.
In addition to practicing law, Niebler has been a visiting lecturer on Intellectual / Industrial Property Rights at the Munich University of Applied Sciences since August 2016.

Early political career

Since 1999, Niebler has been a Member of the European Parliament, where she has since served as the CDU/CSU Group parliamentary business manager in the EPP-ED Group at the European Parliament, and as member of the CDU/CSU Group and EPP-ED Group Executive.
Niebler sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and its Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. She is a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and a member of the Delegation for relations with the Gulf States, including Yemen. In addition, she serves as a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda; the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup ; and the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Countryside, Hunting and Recreational Fisheries.
Between 2007 and 2009, Niebler served as chairwoman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy; she was later replaced by Herbert Reul. In 2006, she was the author of the industry committee’s report on the seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, totalling €50.5 billion. From 2010 to 2012, she led the European Parliament’s negotiations on overhauling European Union roaming regulations.
In early 2014, the CSU chose Niebler to be the party list’s number 2 for the 2014 European elections, following Markus Ferber. She later replaced Ferber as leader of the CSU MEPs after the party’s poor showing in the elections.

Role in national politics

Ahead of the 2002 German federal election, Edmund Stoiber included Niebler in his shadow cabinet for the Christian Democrats’ campaign to unseat incumbent Gerhard Schröder as chancellor.
Niebler later was a CSU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012. In 2015, Bavaria's Minister President Horst Seehofer nominated her as one of his deputies in the office of CSU chairman, making her part of the party’s leadership. In the negotiations to form a fourth cabinet under Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Niebler led the working group on families, alongside Annette Widmann-Mauz and Katarina Barley.

Other activities

Corporate boards