Claudia Menne obtained her Master’s degree in Social and Economic History from the University of Bochum, Germany, in 1990 and has gone on to hold numerous and reputable positions in this field.
Most recently, in May 2011, Claudia was elected Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), set up in 1973 to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions.
Prior to this Menne was President of ETUC’s Women’s Committee and, from 2006 to 2010, she was Vice President of the German Women’s Lobby. Furthermore, from 2006, Claudia was Head of the Confederation of German Trade Union’s (DGB) Department for Gender Equality and Women’s Policy.
In her position as Confederal Secretary of the ETUC she is in charge of (gender) equality, anti-discrimination, workers‘ participation (industrial democracy) and social protection, especially pension policies and demographic change. She is a member of several working groups and task forces at EU level with regard to the Active Ageing agenda.