Board of Presidents

Claude Turmes, President

Claude Turmes was elected President of EUFORES during the February 2010 President Board election. From 2003-2010 he was Vice-President of EUFORES. He has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999 and is currently Vice-President of the Green Group.


Being committed to the promotion of renewable energy sources, Claude Turmes performed as Rapporteur in the ITRE committee for e.g. Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund.


Claude Turmes is a deputy for Luxembourg. He studied physical and sports education, and worked as a teacher from 1986-1999. Already then, he was actively involved in several environmental organisations in Luxembourg and at European level, especially focusing on energy policies.

Fiona Hall, Vice-President

Fiona Hall has been Vice-President of EUFORES since 2008. She was recently re-elected Vice-President during the EUFORES President Board election in February 2010. Fiona was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 and is a Member of the Political Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Before entering politics, she was a leading member of the Druridge Bay Campaign, which fought for alternatives to nuclear power in North East England.


As a member of ITRE, she has been working intensively for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the last years and was the Rapporteur of the European Parliament's 2008 report on an "Action Plan for Energy Efficiency: Realising the Potential". Furthermore she was a Shadow Rapporteur for e.g. Directive on the promotion of the use of Energy from Renewable Sources and the proposed repeal of the GSM directive and the European Commission's Green Paper on Energy Efficiency.


Fiona was born in Swinton, England. After leaving University, Fiona taught in a squatter settlement in Botswana for two years.  On her return to England, she worked in Northumberland as a play group leader and part-time supply teacher.

Anni Podimata, Vice-President

Anni Podimata is Vice-President of EUFORES since February 2010. She was elected to the European Parliament in October 2007 and is a member of the Socialist Group. Among others she is member and Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy where she has been the Rapporteur on the revision of the Energy Labelling Directive.

Anni Podimata was born in Athens, Greece, she is married and has two children. She studied French Language and Journalism in Athens and Paris. Before becoming a Member of the European Parliament, Anni Podimata worked at several newspapers as political correspondent or diplomatic editor and was awarded the Hellenic-Turkish Friendship Award from the Union of Radio and Television Journalists of Turkey.

Honorary Presidents of EUFORES

Mechtild Rothe - Honorary President

Mechtild Rothe was President of EUFORES from 2003-2009. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984-2009 in the PSE group and from January 2007 until July 2009 Vice-President of the European Parliament. Mechtild Rothe has always been a very prominent promoter of renewable energy sources.


Within the Parliament, Mechtild Rothe belonged to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Several times, she was rapporteur for directives concerning renewable energy and energy efficiency. For example, she was the rapporteur for the Green and White Paper on Renewable Energies, for the EU Directive on Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources, for the Energy Efficiency Directive and for the Initiative Report on Heating and Cooling from renewable energy.


Mechtild Rothe is a German national.  Before joining the European Parliament in 1984, she worked as a Secondary School Teacher. After resigning from the active work as parliamentarian, she continued in her role as EUFORES President until the election of the EUFORES Board of Presidents in February 2010. During that election she was granted the title "Honorary President" of EUFORES to thank her for all the years of commitment to EUFORES and a sustainable energy future in Europe. She will remain close advisor to EUFORES as Honorary President.