Michael Cramer


Member of the European Parliament

Michael Cramer (* June 16, 1949) grew up in Ennepetal. From 1969-1974 he studied education, music and physical education at the university of Mainz. Following his studies, he worked as a secondary-school teacher in the Neukölln district of Berlin from 1975-1995. Since 1979 Michael Cramer is practicing automobile-free living.

In the years 1989-2004 Michael Cramer was a member of the Berlin city-state parliament and served there as spokesman for transport for the Greens. From 1989-1990 he was the chairman of the committee for transport and enterprises. For seven years he was member of the committee for national and European affairs.

He also worked as a lecturer at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin, teaching urban and transport policy in the political science department. Today, Cramer regularly publishes articles and reports in various written media. He is author of the Bikeline travel guides: “Berlin Wall trail”, “Iron-Curtain-Trail” and “San Francisco bay trail”, published in german and english.

Michael Cramer has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004 and is spokesperson for the Greens in the committee on transport and tourism (TRAN). He is a participating member of the committee on the affairs of the European Union in the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag).

As a Member of the European Parliament, Michael Cramer initiated the project “Iron Curtain Trail”, which extended the 160 km long “Berlin Wall Trail” to Europe. The “Iron Curtain Trail” covers about 9000 km and leads through 20 countries, 14 of which are today member states of the European Union. The project was passed in the European Parliament in 2005 by a big majority.