Paul Johannes George Tang (born 23 April 1967) is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Netherlands. He is a member of the Labour Party, part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Between 2007 and 2010 Tang was member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.
He has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014.
Paul Johannes George Tang was born on 23 April 1967 in Haarlem in the Netherlands.
Tang studied economics at the University of Amsterdam between 1985 and 1991, graduating cum laude. Afterwards he worked as assistant at Tilburg University and as trainee researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Between 1995 and 2005 he was employee at the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. In 2001 he earned a doctorate in economic sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He moved on to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs where he was deputy director of General Economic Policies between September 2005 and March 2007.
In the Netherlands general election of 2006 he was on the candidate list of the Labour Party. He was not directly elected, but after some Labour members of the House of Representatives move towards the cabinet Tang took up membership of the House. In the House he dealt with fiscal and financial policies. Among them was the Icesave dispute and the role of the De Nederlandsche Bank in it. In 2008 Tang was verbally reprimanded by President of the House of Representatives, Gerdi Verbeet, after speaking publicly about the then still secret Miljoenennota (Dutch government financial prospects). In 2009 he leaked some of the financial prospect papers to RTL Nieuws. The Labour Party took away his speaking rights on his topics in the House for one month. In 2010 Tang chose not to be reelectable in the next elections.
In the internal Labour Party elections Tang was chosen to be lijsttrekker (top party candidate) in the European Parliament elections of 2014, he won 52% of the votes. In the May 2014 elections Tang was elected to the European Parliament.
Prior to being elected, in March 2014, Tang argued that top EU officials should not earn more than ten times the wage of the lowest paid EU employees. He also argued that the EU was impeding the economic growth of Europe, and argued for stricter supervision on banks in the EU and for reforms in the sector.
In the European Parliament he is member of the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. More recently, he joined the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect in 2015. He also serves as vice-chair on the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.