Pervenche Berès has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994. In the new Parliament elected in 2004, she is Chairwoman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and a substitute member in the Legal Affairs Committee.
Previously, Ms. Berès was head of the French Socialist delegation and Vice-President of the Socialist group in the European Parliament (June 1997-June 2004). From December 1999 to October 2000, she was Vice-President of the European Parliamentary delegation to the Convention in charge of elaborating a European Union charter of fundamental rights. She was also a member of the European Convention in charge of drafting a Constitution for Europe (February 2002 to July 2003).
A graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, Ms. Berès worked from 1981 to 1988 and from 1993 to 1994 as an administrator in the French National Assembly. From 1988 to 1992 she was an advisor on International and European affairs to Laurent Fabius, speaker of the National Assembly.
Ms. Berès was a member of the City Council of Sèvres (Département des Hauts-de-Seine) between 2001 and 2008.