Karl-Heinz Lambertz (born 4 June 1952) is a Belgian politician holding a master's degree in Law from the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) with an additional specialisation in German Law (University of Heidelberg). Karl-Heinz Lambertz was elected as President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on 12 July 2017 after serving a two and a half year term as First Vice-President. He is also President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.
|Senator of the German-speaking Community in Belgium|
|Assumed office |
19 September 2016
|Preceded by||Alexander Miesen|
|Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium|
6 July 1999 – 30 June 2014
|Preceded by||Joseph Maraite|
|Succeeded by||Oliver Paasch|
|President of the European Committee of the Regions|
|Assumed office |
12 July 2017
|Preceded by||Markku Markkula|
|Born||4 June 1952|
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||Université catholique de Louvain|
Born on 4 June 1952 in Schoppen, Karl-Heinz Lambertz' interest in politics came early in his career having served as President of the German-speaking Youth Council (1975-1980). After a number of functions linked to his academic background in law, he became a member of Parliament for the German-speaking Community in 1981.
Between 1990 and 1999, he held numerous ministerial posts in the German-speaking Community Government before beingelected as Minister-President (1999-2014). In 2014, he became President of the Parliament for the first time, a post he held until 2016 beforehe was appointed to represent the German-speaking Community in the Belgian Senate. In June 2019, he resumed office as President of the Parliament, a position which he holds today.
Karl-Heinz Lambertz has been a CoR member since 2001 and was President of the CoR's PES Group between 2011 and 2015. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, in which he is currently Vice-President.
On 17 July 2008, he was one of three senior Belgian politicians commissioned by King Albert II to investigate ways of enabling constitutional reform talks in the light of the long-running Belgian constitutional crisis.
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- BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgian PM's resignation rejected
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