Who we are

Honorary Presidents and Council

HONORARY PRESIDENTS

  • Enrique BARON CRESPO (Chair of Parliamentary Group of the Party of European Socialists)
  • Georges BERTHOIN (Former Chief Representative of the Commission of the European Community to the United Kingdom)
  • Maurice FAURE (Former Minister of the Republic and member of the Constitutional Council of France)
  • José Maria GIL-ROBLES (Former President of the European Parliament)
  • Valéry GISCARD d’ESTAING (Former President of the French Republic, Former President of the Convention for the Future of Europe)
  • Mario SOARES (Former President of the Republic of Portugal)

HONORARY COUNCIL
Enrique Barón Crespo (Spanish, 1944): Member of the Spanish Parliament (1977-1987), Minister of Transport, Tourism and Communications (1982-1985), Member of the European Parliament (1987-2009) and its President (1989-1992). Was President of the European Movement International (1987-1989) and is the current President of the Board of Directors of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and of the European Foundation for Information Society.

José Manuel Barroso (Portuguese, 1956): Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992-1995), President of the Social Democratic Party (1999-2004), Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004) and President of the European Commission (2004-2014).

Josep Borrell (Spanish, 1947): Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009) and President of the European Parliament (2004-2007).

Mercedes Bresso (Italian, 1944): President of the Piedmont Region (2005-2010), President of the Committee of the Regions (2010-2012), Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009, re-elected in 2014), President of the Union of European Federalists (2006-2008).

Jerzy Buzek (Polish, 1940): Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001), Member of the European Parliament (since 2004) and President of the European Parliament (2009-2012).

Massimo D’Alema (Italian, 1949): Member of the Italian Parliament (1987-2013), Leader of PDS-DS (1994-1999), Prime Minister of Italy (1998-2000), Member of the European Parliament (2004-2006), and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy (2006-2008). He has been President of the Foundation of European Progressive Studies (the PES Foundation) since 2010.

Pat Cox (Irish, 1952): Member of Parliament (1992-1994), Member of the European Parliament (1989-2004), Leader of the ELDR Group (1998-2002) and President of the European Parliament (2002-2004), President of the EMI (2005-2011).

Jacques Delors (French, 1925): Member of the European Parliament (1979-1981), Minister of Finance (1981-1983) and President of the European Commission (1985-1995). Founder and President of “Notre Europe” (since 1996) and Member of “The Spinelli Group” since 2010.

Andrew Duff (British, 1950): Member of the European Parliament (1999-2014), President of the Union of European Federalists (2008-2013).

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen (Danish, 1941): Foreign Minister of Denmark (1982-1993), Leader of Venstre party (1984-1998), President of ELDR (1995-2000), Chairman of the Baltic Development Forum (since 1998).

Assunção Esteves (Portuguese, 1956): Member of the Portuguese Parliament (1987-1989 and 2002-2004), Judge of the Constitutional Court (1989-1998), Member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (2002-2005), Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009), President of the EM in Portugal (2007-2011). She became the first ever female President of the Portuguese Parliament in 2011.

Nicole Fontaine (French, 1942): Member of the European Parliament (1984-2002 and since 2004) and its President (1999-2002), Minister (2002-2004).

José María Gil-Robles (Spanish, 1935): Member of the European Parliament (1989-2004) and its President (1997-1999). President of the European Movement International (1999-2005).

Werner Hoyer (German, 1951): Member of the Bundestag (since 1987), Secretary General of FDP (1993-1994), ELDR Vice President (2000-2005), Minister of State at the Foreign Office (1994-1998 and 2009-2011), President of the European Investment Bank (since January 2012).

Danuta Hübner (Polish, 1948): United Nations Under-Secretary General (2000-2001), Minister for European Affairs (2003-2004), European Commissioner (2004-2009), Member of the European Parliament (since 2009).

Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Polish, 1954): Minister for Youth Affairs (1985-1987), President of the Polish Olympic Committee (1988-1991), Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (1990-1995), Member of the Parliament (1991-1995), President of Poland (1995-2005), Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (since 2008).

Catherine Lalumière (French, 1935): Member of the French National Assembly (1981-1989), Secretary of State/Minister (1981-1986), Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1989-1994), Member of the European Parliament (1994-2004).

Lord John Monks (British, 1945): General Secretary of TUC – Trades Union Congress (1993-2003), General Secretary of ETUC (2003-2011), Vice President of the EMI (2008-2011), Member of the House of Lords (since 2010).

Karel Schwarzenberg (Czech, 1937): Chairman of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (1984-1991), Senator (2004-2010), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009 and 2010-2013), Member of the Parliament (since 2010).

Ewa Osniecka-Tamecka (Polish, 1962): Vice Rector of the Natolin (Warsaw) campus of the College of Europe since 2007, former Secretary of State in the Office of the Committee for European Integration of the Republic of Poland and Chief Negotiator.

Hans-Gert Pöttering (German, 1945): Member of the European Parliament (since 1979) and its President (2007-2009), and Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (since 2009).

Viviane Reding (Luxembourgish, 1951): President of the Luxembourg Union of Journalists (1986-1998), Member of the European Parliament (1989-1999, re-elected in 2014), European Commissioner for Education and Culture (1999-2004), European Commissioner for Information Society and Media (2004-2010) and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (2010-2014).

Maria João Rodrigues (Portuguese, 1955): academic specialized in European affairs, known as the “mother of the Lisbon Strategy”. Minister for Qualifications and Employment (1995-1997), she has since then worked as senior adviser both at the Portuguese and the European levels, to people like former Prime Ministers António Guterres and José Sócrates, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. Elected as a MEP in May 2014.

Gesine Schwan (German, 1943): Political Science Professor at the Free University of Berlin since 1977 and President of the Viadrina European University – Frankfurt (1999-2008). Member of the SPD, she was its candidate for the German Presidential elections twice (2004 and 2009). Member of “The Spinelli Group” since 2010.

Lauri Tierala (Finnish): Senior Political Adviser to Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade since 2008, Secretary General of the European Movement in Finland (2006-2008).

Teija Tiilikainen (Finnish): Chairperson of the Finnish International Studies Association (1994-1996), Political Science Professor at the University of Helsinki since 1997, Chairperson of the Forum for European Security (1999-2001), Special Representative of the Prime Minister in the Convention on the Future of Europe (2002-2003), State Secretary (2007-2008), Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs since 2010.

Herman Van Rompuy (Belgian, 1947): Member of the Belgian Senate (1988-1995), Minister of the Budget (1993-1999), Member of the Chamber of Representatives (1999-2008) and its President (2007-2008), Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009), President of the European Council (since 2009).

Guy Verhofstadt (Belgian, 1953): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget (1985-1987) and Prime Minister of Belgium (1999-2008). He is Member of the European Parliament and Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (since 2009). Member of “The Spinelli Group” since 2010.

Monika Wulf-Mathies (German, 1942): Chair of the German Public Services and Transport Workers’ Union (1982-1994), EU Commissioner in charge of Regional Policies (1995-1999), President of EM-Germany (2000-2006).