Speaker profile


  • Ms Catherine Stihler
    MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member
    European Parliament


Catherine Stihler MEP has represented Scotland in the European Parliament since 1999. In that time she has held many and varied roles from Deputy Leader of EPLP to the Editor of the Parliament Magazine. Over the years, Catherine has been recognised as an ambassador for accessibility, consumer and citizen rights.  Currently Vice-Chair of the Internal Market Committee, she works on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, better accessibility of digital products for the disabled, as well citizen online data protection and privacy .  She also works on copyright policy reform, calling for greater access to a range of works. This has seen her write a number of influential reports and opinions, calling for libraries to be included in copyright exceptions available to formal educational institutions and introducing exceptions to protect access to works allowing for private study and research. As leader and founding member of the MEP Library Lovers Group she has promoted and advocated the importance of our libraries and how libraries can remain relevant in the new digital age. Out of her direct role as an MEP, Catherine Stihler was elected unopposed to serve as the 52nd Rector of the University of St. Andrews.

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