Martin Bangemann

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Martin Bangemann
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Bangemann in 1977
Federal Minister of Economics
West Germany
In office
27 June 1984 – 9 December 1988
Preceded byOtto Graf Lambsdorff
Succeeded byHelmut Haussmann
Chairman of the FDP
In office
Preceded byHans-Dietrich Genscher
Succeeded byOtto Graf Lambsdorff
Personal details
Born (1934-11-15) 15 November 1934 (age 87)
Wanzleben, Prussia, Germany
Political partyFDP
Alma materUniversity of Tübingen
University of Munich
Bangemann (left) with Erich Honecker in Berlin 1986

Martin Bangemann (born 15 November 1934) is a German politician and a former leader of the FDP (1985–1988). He studied law in Tübingen and Munich, and earned a Dr. jur. (not equivalent to J.S.D., but a PhD in law) in 1962 with a dissertation entitled "Bilder und Fiktionen in Recht und Rechtswissenschaft" ("Imagery and fiction in law and jurisprudence"). He qualified as an attorney in 1964.


Bangemann was a member of the European Parliament from 1973 to 1984, from 1976 to 1979 he was vice-chairman, from 1979 to 1984 chairman of the Liberal and Democratic Group. Moreover, he was vice-chair of the Committee on Budgets from 1978 to 1979.[1]

Bangemann was the German Federal Minister of Economics from 1984 to 1988.

In 1988, Bangemann joined the European Commission. He was Commissioner for the internal market and industrial affairs in the Delors Commission from 1989 to 1995. He was then Commissioner for Industrial affairs, Information & Telecommunications Technologies in the Santer Commission from 1995 to 1999.

As commissioner he led a "high-level group" that drew up the report "Europe and the Global Information Society" in 1994.[2][3] This document contained recommendations to the European Council on the measures that Europe should take regarding information infrastructure. It became known as the "Bangemann report" and influenced many EU policies.[4]


  1. ^ "Home | MEPs | European Parliament". Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  2. ^ Europe and the global information society: Recommendations to the European Council. Version hosted on I*M Europe, by Directorate-General XIII of the European Commission.
  3. ^ "Report on Europe and the Global Information Society: Recommendations of the High-level Group on the Information Society to the Corfu European Council. Bulletin of the European Union, Supplement No. 2/94." University of Pittsburgh – Archive of European Integration (AEI).
  4. ^ Mackay, Hugh; Maples, Wendy; Reynolds, Paul (2001). Investigating the Information Society. London/New York: Routledge & The Open University. p. 8. ISBN 0-415-26831-1.
  • Walter, Franz (June 2005). "Die Integration der Individualisten. Parteivorsitzende in der FDP" [The Integration of the Individualists. Party Chairmen in the FDP]. In Forkmann, Daniela; Schlieben, Michael (eds.). Die Parteivorsitzenden in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1949–2005 [The Party Chairmen of the Federal Republic of Germany 1949–2005]. Göttinger Studien zur Parteiforschung. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. pp. 151–154. ISBN 3-531-14516-9.
  • Dittberner, Jürgen (2005). Die FDP: Geschichte, Personen, Organisation, Perspektiven ; eine Einführung [The FDP: History, People, Organization, Perspectives; an Introduction] (in German). VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. p. 72. ISBN 3-531-14050-7.
  • "MEP Profile:Martin Bangemann". European Parliament. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  • "Martin Bangemann". European Commission. Retrieved 25 September 2010.