|European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility|
1 November 2014
|Preceded by||László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)|
|Leader of Christian Democratic and Flemish|
15 May 2008 – 23 June 2010
|Preceded by||Wouter Beke (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Wouter Beke|
|Born||Marianne Leonie Petrus
24 July 1956
|Political party||Christian Democratic and
|Alma mater||Catholic University of Leuven|
Marianne Leonie Petrus Thyssen (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑrˈjɑnə 'tɛi̯sə(n)]; born 24 July 1956 ) is a Belgian politician for the Christian Democratic and Flemish Party (CD&V). In 2014 she became the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
Born in Sint-Gillis-Waas, to a Flemish-speaking family, not related to the Thyssen family, Thyssen graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in 1979, where she obtained a degree in law. She worked as a legal adviser for a Belgian organisation for the self-employed and small and medium-sized businesses Unizo and the women’s network Markant, becoming Director then acting Secretary-General at Unizo in 1991. From 1986-1988 she acted as legal adviser to the state secretary for public health and disability policy.
In 1991, Thyssen was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Flanders with the CD&V, the Flemish Christian Democrats in Belgium. From 1995-2008 she served as municipal Councillor for Oud-Heverlee, a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant and in 2001 she became First Alderman for Oud-Heverlee. In 2008 Thyssen was elected leader of CD&V party.
During her almost 23 years as a member of the European Parliament she was re-elected 5 times. She has sat on the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, has substituted for the Committee on International Trade, was a member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and a substitute for the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. From 1999-2014 she served as leader of the European People's Party's (EPP) Belgian delegation and from 2004-2009 was elected first vice-president of the EPP.
In 2014 she was appointed to the European Commission as Commissioner in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility for the European Union (EU).
- 1979: Degree in law at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)
- Assistant in the faculty of law, Catholic University of Leuven
- Legal assistant in the office of the State Secretary for Health
- Successively legal adviser, head of a research department and acting Secretary-General at Unizo (organisation for the self-employed and small and medium-sized businesses)
- since 1991: Member of the European Parliament
- Member of the bureau of the European People's Party
- Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP-ED Group's SME Circle
- First Deputy Mayor of Oud-Heverlee until 2008
- Chair woman of the CD&V (15 May 2008–23 June 2010)
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|Party political offices|
|Leader of Christian Democratic and Flemish
Karel De Gucht
|Belgian European Commissioner
as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
|European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
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