René Steichen

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René Steichen (born 27 November 1942) is a Luxembourgian politician and jurist.

A member of the Christian Social People's Party (CSV), Steichen first held office as Mayor of Diekirch (1974–1984). He entered the Chamber of Deputies in 1979. In 1984, he entered the government as a Secretary of State, in which capacity he served until 1989, when he was promoted to Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture, and Rural Development. In 1992, he became Luxembourg's European Commissioner, responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development. Steichen remained in this capacity until 1995, when he was replaced as Luxembourg's European Commissioner by Jacques Santer, who was named President of the European Commission.

He is currently the chairman of SES S.A., the world's largest satellite operator and the largest component of Luxembourg Stock Exchange's premier LuxX index.


Political offices
Preceded by
Ray MacSharry
European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development
1992 – 1995
Succeeded by
Franz Fischler
Preceded by
Jean Dondelinger
Luxembourgian European Commissioner
1992 – 1995
Succeeded by
Jacques Santer