Jakob von Weizsäcker

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Jakob von Weizsäcker
Jakob von Weizsäcker.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency Germany
Personal details
Born (1970-03-04) 4 March 1970 (age 48)
Heidelberg, Germany
Political party  German
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
Children 4
Alma mater University of Bonn
Website jakob.weizsaecker.eu

Jakob von Weizsäcker (born 4 March 1970) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party, part of the Party of European Socialists.


After attending Atlantic College in Wales, he studied at Bonn University and worked for Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste in Poland instead of military service. He completed his university studies in France at ENS Lyon and what is today known as the Paris School of Economics, graduating with a Maîtrise in physics and a Diplôme d'études approfondies in economics.

Professional career[edit]

Weizsäcker started work as a research fellow with Jean-Charles Hourcade at CIRED in Paris and then with Hans-Werner Sinn at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich. After stints at a venture capital firm and as a visiting scholar at the MIT Department of economics, he joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (Berlin) in 2001 as Private secretary to Siegmar Mosdorf. In 2002, he was recruited by the World Bank in Washington DC as economist. 2005-2010 he was a resident fellow of the think-tank Bruegel in Brussels. With his work on migration policy, he coined the term Blue Card for a European scheme to attract high-skilled immigrants.[1] From 2010 to 2014, he headed a department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Thuringia.[2]

In 2013, Weizsäcker and Maximilian Steinbeis founded the Glienicker Gruppe, a group of pro-European lawyers, economists and political scientists, together with Henrik Enderlein, Marcel Fratzscher, Clemens Fuest and others.[3]

Political career[edit]

In the 2014 European elections, Weizsäcker was elected to the European Parliament[4] where he is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. On the committee, he is the rapporteur on virtual currencies and the shadow rapporteur on structural reform of the EU banking sector.[5] Since 2017, he has also been serving as co-rapporteur for the EU’s too-big-to-fail rules for clearing houses (CCPs).[6]

In addition to his committee assignments, Weizsäcker is a member of the parliament’s delegation for the relations with India[7] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.[8]

Other activities[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Weizsäcker is married, with four children. A member of the prominent Weizsäcker family, he is the son of environmentalist and politician Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, grandson of the physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and grandnephew of former German president Richard von Weizsäcker.


  1. ^ "Welcome to Europe". Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Jakob von Weizsäcker's CV" (PDF). Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ Mobil, gerecht, einig Glienicker Brücke.
  4. ^ "Der Bundeswahlleiter". Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  5. ^ Jim Brunsden (October 29, 2015), Banks fume at EU move to strengthen break-up powers Financial Times.
  6. ^ Fiona Maxwell (January 12, 2017), Jakob von Weizsäcker named co-lead for clearing house failure rules Politico Europe.
  7. ^ "Jakob von Weizsäcker (information provided by the European Parliament)". Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  8. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.
  9. ^ Bernd Westphal wird neuer Beirats-Vorsitzender beim Wirtschaftsforum der SPD Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany , press release of June 7, 2018.