Former MP and MEP, Gilles Savary began his career as a member of the President of the Regional Council of Aquitaine office from 1982 to 1985, then of the President of the General Council of Gironde from 1988 to 1992. Economist, he was also a teacher and researcher at the South-West Regional Institute of Economics, then Associate Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux.
He was city councillor of Bordeaux between June 1995 and March 2004 where he was leader of the municipal opposition. He was also a community adviser to the Urban Community of Bordeaux during the same period.
Former member of the National Council of the Socialist Party, he was regional councillor and vice-president of the regional council of Aquitaine from 1998 to 1999, a position he abandoned when he was elected MEP in June 1999. Re-elected in June 2004, he spent six years as Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee. As alternate member of the “Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs”, he followed the issues of services of general interest, major infrastructures, spatial planning policies and was rapporteur for several important legislative projects, including major railway reforms. Until 2004, he also chaired the Intergroup on Aeronautical and Space Issues.
He was general councillor and Vice-Chairman of Gironde Department from 2004 to 2013.
In 2009, the European Commission appointed him as a coordinator of a major Trans-European Transport Network (PP22) project, the Rostock-Constantza-Piraeus railway line, which runs through seven EU Member States. He collaborated in this project until 2013, as the first Frenchman to have held such a position.
In February 2010, Jean-Louis Borloo, French Minister of Transport and Sustainable Development, appointed him as mediator in a social conflict within DGAC (Directorate of General Civil Aviation).
He was elected as an MP in 2012 and joined the Committee on Regional Planning and Sustainable Development and the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly. Rapporteur of the bill on railways of 4 August 2014 and author of the bill against unfair social competition (posted workers) in 2014, he was also thematic rapporteur of the Macron bill of 2015. He chaired the Higher Council of civil aviation, advisory body placed under the Minister of Transport, and co-chaired the think tank Avenir Transports.