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ABOUT DIANA WALLIS

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Diana Wallis MEP - Yorkshire and the Humber

Diana Wallis was first elected to the European Parliament in June 1999 as one of seven Members of the European Parliament from the region of Yorkshire & the Humber at that time. She has been Vice President of the Parliament since January 2007, with specific responsibility for Transparency and Access to Documents.

A former solicitor specialised in European commercial litigation, Diana is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Legal Affairs committee. She has been intrinsically involved in all aspects of her Committee's work and has authored a number of Committee reports including choice of law rules on non contractual obligations (Rome II), maintenance obligations, European contract law and greater access to justice for consumers/businesses in the area of civil claims.

Diana is also a full member of the Petitions committee, in which she has successfully pushed for citizen-friendly improvements to EU legislation such as citizens' summaries for all EU legislative acts which are currently being implemented by the European Commission. She was one of four rapporteurs on the European Citizens' Initiative, which is set to be a major development in European participatory democracy, and sets the bar for democratic reforms in theUK. She was also Rapporteur to the Committee of Inquiry into the highly controversial Equitable Life affair, on which a settlement was recently made by the coalition government.

Diana has always had an interest in the Nordic Region and in September 2004 was elected President of the EP Delegation toIceland, Norway & Switzerlandand the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee. She meets regularly with her counterparts from the national parliaments of these countries. Although now an ordinary member of that delegation, as Vice President of the European Parliament, Diana requested responsibility for the Northern Dimension, which includes the Nordic area and the Arctic. In September 2011 she co-edited a publication, The Spitsbergen Treaty: Multilateral Governance in the Arctic.

Between June 2006 and January 2007, Diana was the Leader of Liberal Democrat delegation in the European Parliament. She stood down from the leadership position in January 2007, on her appointment as a Vice-President of the European Parliament.

Link to Diana's webpage about Transparency Register: http://dianawallismep.org.uk/en/page/diana-s-work-in-improving-transparency-in-the-european-parliament