Werner Hoyer (born 17 November 1951 in Wuppertal) is a German politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), currently serving as the President of the European Investment Bank. From October 28, 2009 he was Minister of State at the Foreign Office in the Second Cabinet Merkel under Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. He previously served in this capacity from 1994 to 1998 in the Fifth Cabinet Kohl under Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel. From 2002 to 2009, he was deputy chair of the FDP group in the Bundestag.
He graduated as an economist at the University of Cologne in 1974, and worked as a scientific assistant there until 1974. He earned a doctorate in economics in 1977, with the dissertation Vermögenseffekte des Geldes - Theoretische Ansätze zur Rolle des Geldes als Vermögensobjekt im Wirtschaftsprozess. From 1985 to 1987, he worked with the Carl Duisberg Society in Cologne. He taught international economics at the University of Cologne until 1994. Hoyer is a member of the Union of European Federalists (UEF). He is married and has two children.
In 1972, he became a member of the FDP, and was a board member of the Young Liberals from 1983 to 1986. He chaired the local party board in Cologne from 1984 to 1992, and became a member of the FDP board in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1984 and the federal FDP board in 1994. He was Secretary General of his party from 1993 to 1994. Hoyer has been a member of the Bundestag since 1987, and served as chief whip from 1989 to 1993 and his party's spokesman for security policy from 1990 to 1994.
From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President and from 2000 to 2005, President, of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party.
- See "Neuer Präsident der Europäischen Investitionsbank: Werner Hoyer" (in German). European Movement Germany. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
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