Reinhard Bütikofer is the acting co-chair of the European Green Party and a member of the European Parliament for the German Greens. There, he deals with issues linked to industry, resources, economy and EU foreign policy. He has been engaged in the green politics from the early 80s. For a long time he had been active locally in Baden Württenberg and since 2002 he was the co-chair of the German Greens. In 2008 he decided not to stand for office again and instead focus on European issues.