Henning Christophersen

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Henning Christophersen
Born (1939-11-08)November 8, 1939
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died December 31, 2016(2016-12-31) (aged 77)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Danish
Occupation Politician

Henning Christophersen (8 November 1939 – 31 December 2016) was a Danish politician, a former vice-president of the European Commission (1985–1995), former leader of the Danish liberal party Venstre (1978–1984) and former member of the European Convention.[1]

Christopherson was born in Copenhagen. He also was Deputy Prime minister and Finance Minister of Denmark (1982–1984) and Foreign Minister of Denmark (1978–1979).

In 1992, as EU commissioner, Christophersen together with 10 Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs founded the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the EuroFaculty.[2]

Since December 1998 until 1 January 2007 he was the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference.

He was chairman and member of a number of supervisory Boards of Directors and partner of Kreab, Brussels.

Christophersen died on 31 December 2016 in Brussels at the age of 77 after a short illness.[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
Anker Jørgensen
Foreign Minister of Denmark
30 August 1978 – 26 October 1979
Succeeded by
Kjeld Olesen
Preceded by
Knud Heinesen
Finance Minister of Denmark
10 September 1982 – 23 July 1984
Succeeded by
Palle Simonsen
Preceded by
Vice-President of the European Commission
Succeeded by
Leon Brittan
Preceded by
François-Xavier Ortoli
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs
Succeeded by
Yves-Thibault de Silguy
Party political offices
Preceded by
Poul Hartling
Leader of Venstre
Succeeded by
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen


  1. ^ Henning Christophersen Den Store Danske, Gyldendals åbne encyclopædi
  2. ^ Kristensen, Gustav N. 2010. Born into a Dream. EuroFaculty and the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Berliner Wissentshafts-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8305-1769-6.
  3. ^ "Venstre-legenden Henning Christophersen er død" (in Danish). 1 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  • Tom Matz (2004), Venstre ved du hvor du har ForlagsKompagniet : Nørhaven Book.