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Biography

Personal details:

  • French
  • Born January 9, 1951 in La Tronche (Isère)
  • Married
  • 3 children

 

Current duties:

  • Since February 2010 - European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
  • Since March 2006, Vice President of the European People's Party
  • Since 2006, Political Advisor of the UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire)

 

Political career:

  • June 2009 - February 2010: Member of the European Parliament, President of the French delegation of the EPP
  • June 2007 - June 2009: Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • April 2004 - May 2005: Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1999 - 2004: European Commissioner in charge of Regional Policy and the Reform of European Institutions
  • 1997 -1999: Senator of Savoie
  • 1995 - 1997: Minister of European Affairs
  • 1993 - 1995: Minister for the Environment
  • 1982 - 1999: President of the Regional Council of Savoie
  • 1978 -1995: Deputy of Savoie
  • 1973 - 1999: Regional Councillor for Savoie (Bourg-Saint-Maurice District)

 

Professional career:

  • February 2006 - May 2007: Vice President of Mérieux Alliance, in charge of International Relations
  • Since September 2005: Member of the Council of State

 

Other activities:

  • In 2006, Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel BARROSO. Presentation of a report proposing the creation of "For A European Civil Protection Force: Europe Aid "
  • Since May 2003: Founding President of the club "New Republic"
  • 1997 -1999: President of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
  • 1987 - 1992: Co-president with Jean-Claude KILLY of the Organisation Committee of the XVIth Olympic Games of Albertville and Savoie

 

Publications:

  • 2008: "Europe, cards on the table“ - Acropole
  • 2008: "Who will feed the world: a new agricultural revolution" - Acropole
  • 2007: "Atlas for a sustainable world" - Acropole
  • 2005: "Sortir l’Europe des idées reçues" - Plon
  • 2001: "Notre contrat pour l'alternance" - Plon
  • 1994: "Vers une mer inconnue" - Pluriel
  • 1994: "Le Défi écologique - Chacun pour tous" - Hachette
  • 1992: " Atlas des risques majeurs" - Plon
  • 1985: "Vive la politique" - Stock

 

Education:

  • Diploma - Paris College of Business
  • 1972: Diploma - ESCP

 

Languages:

  • French (mother tongue)
  • English
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