Joseph Daul became President of the European People’s Party in November 2013. He was the Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2007 to 2014. He is a member of Les Républicains (France). Joseph Daul was a Member of the European Parliament in the period 1999-2014. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and as Chairman of the Conference of Committee Chairmen from 2002-04. Previously, he was a member of the Economic and Social Committee from 1980-82 and the Chairman of the Meat Group of the Committee of Agricultural Organisations in the European Union from 1996-99. He served as Mayor of Pfettisheim (Bas-Rhin) from 1989 to 2002, and is an ‘Officier du Mérite Agricole’, ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite’ and ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’ in France. He is also a recipient of the ‘Grosses Verdienstkreuz’ from Germany.