Marianne Thyssen

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Marianne Thyssen
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
Assumed office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Preceded by László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
Leader of Christian Democratic and Flemish
In office
15 May 2008 – 23 June 2010
Preceded by Wouter Beke (Acting)
Succeeded by Wouter Beke
Personal details
Born Marianne Leonie Petrus

(1956-07-24) 24 July 1956 (age 58)
Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium
Political party Christian Democratic and
Alma mater Catholic University of Leuven

Marianne Leonie Petrus Thyssen (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑrˈjɑnə 'tɛi̯sə(n)]; born on 24 July 1956 in Sint-Gillis-Waas) is a Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament for Flanders with the CD&V, a Vice-Chairwoman of the European People's Party and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

On 15 May 2008 she was elected chair woman of CD&V.

She is a substitute for the Committee on International Trade, 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.


  • 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)


See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Belgium)

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Wouter Beke
Leader of Christian Democratic and Flemish
Succeeded by
Wouter Beke
Political offices
Preceded by
Karel De Gucht
Belgian European Commissioner
Preceded by
László Andor
as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility