Axel Voss is a German lawyer and politician of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany. He has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009 and became coordinator of the European People’s Party group in the Committee on Legal Affairs in 2017. His parliamentary work focuses on digital and legal topics.
From 1983 to 1990, he studied law at the Universities of Trier, Munich, Freiburg, thereby specialized in European and international law, made a language stay in Paris and eventually passed the first Staatsexamen in 1990. After assisting the UN Department of Technical Cooperation for Development in New York and a traineeship at the Supreme Provincial Court of Appeal in Koblenz, he finished his second Staatsexamen in 1994 and started to work as a lawyer.
Later that year, Voss became the Citizens’ adviser of the European Commission at the regional Commission Representation in Bonn. From 2000 to 2008, he taught European affairs at the RheinAhrCampus in Remagen of the University of Applied Sciences in Koblenz.
Considered as one of the fathers of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Voss has recently launched an EU wide appeal for input, from citizens and businesses, on the GDPR.