Charles Goerens

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Charles Goerens (2014).

Charles Goerens (born 6 February 1952 in Ettelbruck[1]) is a politician from Luxembourg.

Early career[edit]

He studied agricultural science before he was first elected to the northern district constituency as a member of the Democratic Party in 1979. From 1989 until 1994 he was its chairman.[2]

Political career[edit]

Goerens was a member of the European Parliament from 1982 to 1984, from 1994 to 1999, and again from 2009 to present.[3]

He served as Minister for Cooperation, Humanitarian Action, and Defence in the government of Jean-Claude Juncker from 7 August 1999 until 31 July 2004.[2] He also briefly served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 20 July 2004 until 31 July 2004. He lost these posts when Juncker had to form a new coalition government after the 2004 parliamentary elections.

Since 2009, Goerens has been serving as a member of the Committee on Development and of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In addition, he is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Extreme Poverty and Human Rights” and a vice-chairman of the cross-party Working Group on Fair Trade (sponsored by Fair Trade Advocacy)[4]

Other activities[edit]

  • Friends of the Global Fund, Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Fondation pour la construction de l'avenir du Luxembourg (FOCAL), Member of the Board


  1. ^ "Charles Goerens". ALDE. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Charles Goerens" (in French). Government of Luxembourg. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Your MEPs : Charles GOERENS". Europa. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Fair Trade housewarming at the European Parliament Fair Trade Advocacy, press release of 8 October 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Bodry
Minister for Cooperation, Humanitarian Action, and Defence
Succeeded by
Jean-Louis Schiltz
Minister for the Environment
Succeeded by
Lucien Lux
Preceded by
Lydie Polfer
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Jean Asselborn
Party political offices
Preceded by
Colette Flesch
President of the DP
Succeeded by
Lydie Polfer