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Dr. Hans-Gert Poettering

President of the European Parliament ret. and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Christian Democratic Union (CDU, Germany)

Hans-Gert Poettering was born on 15 September of 1945 in Bersenbrueck (Lower Saxony, Germany). He never knew his father who was killed in the final days of World War II. This personal tragedy was instrumental in shaping his political involvement and his career in European politics. Hans-Gert Poettering has two sons, Johannes and Benedict and two grandsons, Jakob and David.

1966After Abitur (University Entrance Certification), two years military service, reserve officer
1968 - 1973 Studies of Law, Political Science and History at the Universities of Bonn and Geneva as well as at the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva
1971 Study visit at Columbia University, NY
1973 First state law exam
1974 Conferral of Doctorate, Dr. phil.
1976 Second state law exam
1976 - 1979 Research Assistant
1989 Appointed Lecturer at the University of Osnabrueck
1995 Appointed honorary professor

Political Activities
1974 - 1976Chairman of the Young Christian Democrats regional committee, Osnabrueck county
1974 - 1980Chairman of the Christian Democrats local committee, city of Bersenbrueck
1976 - 1980Speaker on European affairs of the Young Christian Democrats of Lower Saxony
1979 - 2014Member of the European Parliament (Only deputy who has been Member of the European Parliament continuously since the first direct election in 1979 till 2014)
1981 - 1991Chairman of "Europa-Union" Lower Saxony
1984 - 1994Chairman of the subcommittee on "Security and Disarmament"
1990 - 2010 Chairman of the CDU in the district of Osnabrueck
1994 - 1996 Supervisor of EPP/EPP group's working group on "Intergovernmental Conference 1996", drafting of the EPP position on the Amsterdam Treaty
1994 - 1999 Vice-Chairman of the EPP group in the European Parliament
1996 - 1999 Supervisor of EPP/EPP group's working group "Enlargement of the European Union"
1997 - 1999 President of "Europa-Union" Germany
1999 - 2007 Chairman of the EPP-ED (christian democrats) group in the European Parliament
1999 - 2009 Member of the Federal Board of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU, Germany), Member of the Federal Executive Commitee
1999 - 2009 Member of the Executive Commitee of the European People´s Party EPP
January 2007 - July 2009 12th President of the European Parliament since the first direct election
awarded for the first time in 2008Co-founder of the "European Charlemagne Youth Prize"
2008 - 2009President of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly EMPA
2008 - 2014Chairman of the Working Group on the Middle East in the European Parliament
since 2008Chairman of the Board of Trustees for establishing a "House of European History"
Since January 2010Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
2010 - 2014Member of the Senate of the Max-Planck-Society

Honours and Awards (selection)
1995Robert-Schuman-Medal of the EPP group
2002Grand Golden Medal of Merit, Republic of Austria
'Mérite Européen en or', Luxemburg
2006Doctor Honoris Causa of Babeş-Bolyai-University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2007Grand Cross of the Papal Order of St. Gregory
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Opole, Poland
Great Cross of Merit of Queen Jelena with Star and Shoulder Ribbon, Croatia
Walter-Hallstein-Prize, Frankfurt am Main
2008Doctor Honoris Causa of the Warmia and Mazury University in Olsztyn, Poland
Grand Cross of Merit of the Republic of Italy, "Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana"
2009Honorary citizen of the city of Bersenbrueck, his birthplace
Medal of the grand duke Jaroslaw the Wise, „Řád prince Jaroslava Moudrého“ (Nejvyšší ukrajinské vyznamenání), Ukraine
“Three-Star-Medal” of the Republic of Latvia
2010"Ben-Gurion-Medaille" of the Ben-Gurion-University Jerusalem
Grand Cross of Merit with Star and Shoulder Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Korea, Seoul
René-Cassin-Medaille for Human Rights, Consultative Council Jewish Organisations
2011Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France
Grand Cross of Civil Merit of the Kingdom of Spain
Polish-German Prize
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Miguel de Cervantes, Santiago de Chile
2012Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Bahçeşehir in Istanbul, Turkey
Cardinal-Opilio-Rossi-Medal from the Consortium of Catholic Organisations in Vienna
2013Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
Order of Merit to Lithuania with Cross of Commander
Order of Merit with Grand Cross of the Hungarian Republic
The Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana 1st class
2014Grand Cross of the Star of Romania
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Wrocław, Poland
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Ateneo de Manila, Philippines

Publications (selection)
1975Adenauers Sicherheitspolitik 1955-1963. Ein Beitrag zum deutsch-amerikanischen Verhältnis. Hans-Gert Pöttering; Promotionsschrift, Düsseldorf
2009Im Dienste Europas. Reden aus den Jahren 2007 - 2009. Hans-Gert Pöttering; Bonn
2014Wir sind zu unserem Glück vereint. Mein europäischer Weg. Hans-Gert Pöttering; Weimar

Hans-Gert Poettering

Dr. Hans-Gert Poettering