University of Northern Iowa

Diplomat Series : Peter Jahr

The speaker at the fifth installment at the UNI Diplomat Series to be held on October 29, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:30 in Lang Auditorium will be Dr. Peter Jahr MEP.  Dr. Jahr was elected on the Christian Democratic ticket and sits with the European People's Party group in the European Parliament.  He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Committee on Petitions, the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Peter Jahr earned Diplom-Landwirt (comp. Master of Agricultural Engineering) in 1984 and a doctorate (Dr.agr.) in 1988 both from the Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig.  In 1988, he joined the Justus von Liebig Landwirtschaftliche Produktionsgenossenschaft as administrator.  In 1990, he became manager of the Agrar Gmbh, Taura.  Since 1995, he has been a part-time farmer. 

Dr. Jahr was a member of the Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany from 1988 to 1990 and joined the Christian Democratic Union in 1990.  From 1990 to 2002, he was a Member of the Landtag of Saxony, the German state of Saxony's parliament.  In 2002, he left the Landtag to become a member of the German Bundestag representing the district of Döbeln - Mittweida - Meißen II.  In 2009, he left the Bundestag to become a Member of the European Parliament.

Dr Jahr will be delivering a lecture on the subject of renewable energy and conservation in the EU entitled: "Renewable Energies - What we should (not) learn from the European Union."