Jacques Poos

Jacques Poos (born 3 June 1935) is a Luxembourgian politician.

Early life and education

Born in 1935, in Luxembourg, Jacques F. Poos is a trained economist and became a doctor of economics in 1961, when he graduated from the University of Lausanne.

Career in politics

He is a long-time member of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party. Between 1964 and 1976, he was director and editor in Chief of the daily newspaper “Tageblatt” in Esch-sur-Alzette. In the same period he also became a member of the town council of Esch-sur-Alzette.

In July 1976, he was appointed as Minister of Finance. As the foreign minister of Luxembourg he held Presidency of the Council of the European Union for three half-year terms in 1985, 1991 and 1997. He was Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development, first in Jacques Santer’s (from 1984 to 1995), then in Jean-Claude Junckers’s cabinets (from 1995 to 1999).

In 1991, he was one of the negotiators of the Brioni Agreement that ended the ten-day war in Slovenia. In May of that year, upon disembarking from an airplane en route to beginning negotiations, he declared, "The hour of Europe has dawned."[1]

European Parliament

In 1999, Poos left the government and was elected as a Member of European Parliament, where he sat on the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defense Policy, and was the draftsman for Cyprus’ accession into the EU. In 2003, he received an honorary doctor of law degree from Panteion University of Athens, Greece.


In 2004 he retired from political life, but he remains active as non-executive director in the boards of different national and international institutions and companies.

See also


  1. Watt, Nicholas. "Nobel peace prize leads EU to question its raison d'être". The Guardian, 12 October 2012. Retrieved on 13 May 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Vouel
Minister for Finances
Succeeded by
Jacques Santer
Preceded by
Colette Flesch
Deputy Prime Minister
Succeeded by
Lydie Polfer
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for the Economy
Succeeded by
Robert Goebbels
Preceded by
Marc Fischbach
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Alex Bodry
Minister for the Police Force
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