Seán Kelly has been a member of the European Parliament for Ireland South since 2009. He is the current leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, and part of the European People’s Party Group. As MEP, Mr. Kelly is member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and the Delegation for relations with countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He is Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly, and substitute member of the Committee on International Trade, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, and the Delegation for relations with the South Africa.
Seán has been heavily involved in the digital economy, with priorities including the establishment of high-speed networks, bolstering the digital single market, bridging the digital divide and providing better targeted support for ICT research and innovation. Seán served as Rapporteur for the ITRE Committee on the proposal for the General Data Protection Regulation, which represented the largest reform of data privacy law in the last two decades. As a result of his work in the area of data protection, cyberbullying and as Ambassador for CoderDojo, Seán was voted 2014 MEP of the Year for Digital Agenda and 2020, MEP of the Year for Industry, Research & Innovation Award for his continued work in this area.