Seán Kelly has been a member of the European Parliament for Ireland South since 2009. He is the current leader of Ireland's Fine Gael (EPP) party in the European Parliament.
Mr. Kelly sits on the European Parliament's Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), International Trade (INTA) and Fisheries (PECH). He is a member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the United States, Delegation for relations with Iran and of the Delegation for relations with countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In 2015, MEP Kelly led discussions in the ITRE committee as a rapporteur ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement and as a result represented the European Parliament at the upcoming COP21 in December 2015 at which the historic global agreement was finalised. In 2016, he worked on a New Deal for Energy Consumers, which highlighted the ways to ensure a consumer-focused energy transition.
Most recently, MEP Kelly worked as EPP shadow rapporteur for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive, which recently reached an agreement with the Bulgarian Presidency on an EU Renewable Energy target of 32%, along with other important provisions that will see more renewables in heating and cooling and transport, and which will empower citizens to participate in the transition to renewable energy
In 2018, MEP Kelly was appointed ITRE Committee rapporteur on the new InvestEU programme which will use a budgetary guarantee to mobilise investment into Sustainable Infrastructure, Research and Innovation, SMEs, and social investment and skills.