|President of the European Court of Auditors|
1 October 2016
|Preceded by||Vítor Manuel da Silva Caldeira|
|Member of the European Court of Auditors|
1 April 2014
|Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs|
8 September 2009 – 28 February 2014
|Preceded by||Gerardo Galeote Quecedo|
|Succeeded by||Jerzy Buzek|
|Member of the European Parliament|
19 July 1994 – 28 February 2014
|Member of the Bundestag|
12 March 1992 – 10 November 1994
28 October 1957 |
Since 1 March 2014, Klaus-Heiner Lehne (born 28 October 1957 in Düsseldorf, Germany) is a Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and on 1 October 2016 became its 11th President. Beforehand, he was a member of the European Parliament for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). In his previous national and European parliamentary career, spanning more than twenty years, he served among other things from 2009-2014 as Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs and concurrently as Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs.
After his A levels, Klaus-Heiner Lehne studied law, physics and philosophy at the universities of Freiburg, Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf from 1978 to 1986. Following the conclusion of his studies, he took up a position as a lawyer in Düsseldorf, which he held until joining the ECA in 2014. At the same time, Lehne pursued his political career, already commencing towards the end of his studies, when becoming a member of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf in 1984. Eight years later, in 1992, Lehne was then appointed a member of the German Bundestag replacing the deceased Hubert Doppmeier. At the German Bundestag, he was a member of the Transport Committee and the Committee on Legal Affairs. In addition, he took part in the Treuhand Investigative Committee and the SED committee of inquiry. Subsequently, during the European Parliament election in 1994, Lehne was elected to become a member of the European Parliament. His brother Olaf Lehne is a member of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2005.
Career at the European Parliament
During his time at the European Parliament, Lehne was especially involved as a lawmaker in legal and economic issues. Furthermore, between 2009 and 2014, he held the position of chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs and chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs. A complete list of all of Klaus-Heiner Lehne’s political and parliamentary activities during his time at the European Parliament can be found on his official page.
At the European Parliament, Lehne was a rapporteur for the following EU legislative procedures in the field of company law:
- Merger directive
- Balance directives
- Shareholders’ rights directive
- Statute of the European private company
As a rapporteur for European Contract Law, Lehne supported the preliminary academic work of the so-called Common Frame of Reference, which, as decided by the European Parliament at a resolution in December 2007, would form the basis for an optional instrument. This instrument would give parties involved in cross-border business the option to make use of European contract law instead of national contract law.
Lehne was also rapporteur on the issue of Collective Redress. In his report, he called on cartel victims to be entitled to compensation. However, he argued that this compensation should not follow the example of a claims industry as in the United States.
National Political Affiliation
In 1975, Klaus-Heiner Lehne joined the CDU and in 2003, became the chairman of the CDU Kreisverband Düsseldorf. Upon nomination as Member of the European Court of Auditors in March 2014, he was succeeded in this function by Thomas Jarzombek.
European Court of Auditors
Since March 2014, Klaus-Heiner Lehne is a member of the European Court of Auditors. He served in Chamber III, which is responsible for auditing external EU policies. Lehne dealt, among other things, with the development of renewable energy in East Africa, the ACP Investment Facility, EU support for the fight against torture and the abolition of the death penalty. On 13 September 2016, Klaus-Heiner Lehne was elected President of the European Court of Auditors, becoming its 11th President.
Honours, Decorations and Memberships
- Federal Cross of Merit
- Honorary chairman of the CDU Düsseldorf
- Member of the Board of Trustees at the Academy of European Law, Trier
- "Curriculum Vitae of Klaus-Heiner Lehne" (PDF). Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Klaus-Heiner Lehne MEP". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Directive on takeover bids". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Directive on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Directive amending Council Directives 78/660/EEC on the annual accounts of certain types of companies, 83/349/EEC on consolidated accounts, 86/635/EEC on the annual accounts and consolidated accounts of banks and other financial institutions and 91/674/EEC on the annual accounts and consolidated accounts of insurance undertakings". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Directive on the exercise of certain rights of shareholders in listed companies". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "European Parliament legislative resolution of 10 March 2009 on the proposal for a Council regulation on the Statute for a European private company". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "European Parliament resolution of 12 December 2007 on European contract law". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "Towards a Coherent European Approach to Collective Redress".
- "Collective redress (debate), 26 March 2009".
- "Parliament endorses Klaus-Heiner Lehne's European Court of Auditors nomination, 4 February 2014".
- "Special Report No 15/2015: ACP–EU Energy Facility support for renewable energy in East Africa".
- "Special Report No 14/2015: The ACP Investment Facility: does it provide added value?".
- "Special report No 9/2015: EU support for the fight against torture and the abolition of the death penalty".
- "Klaus-Heiner Lehne elected President of the European Court of Auditors, 13 September 2016".
- "Declaration of Interest of Klaus-Heiner Lehne" (PDF). Retrieved 6 April 2017.