Karl-Heinz Narjes

Karl-Heinz Narjes (30 January 1924 in Soltau – 26 January 2015 in Bonn) was a German Christian Democratic (CDU) politician. From 1969 to 1973 he was Minister for Economy and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and from 1981 to 1988 he was a European Commissioner.

Karl-Heinz Narjes in 1973

During World War II, Narjes was a soldier in Kriegsmarine serving on a submarine U-91 with the rank of Leutnant zur See. After the submarine was sunk by the British Navy on 26 February 1944 eastwards of the Azores, Narjes became a prisoner of war of Britain.[1]

From 1971 to January 1973, Narjes was a member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein, i.e. the state parliament.[2] From 1972 to 1981, he was a member of the Bundestag.[2]

In the 1981–1985 Thorn Commission, Narjes was Commissioner for Parliamentary Relations and for Competition

In the 1985–1988 Delors Commission, he was a Vice-President of the Commission and Commission for Industry, information technology and science and research.


  1. ^ U-91 History at the Gefallenendenkmäler Project website
  2. ^ a b State information system Schleswig-Holstein
Political offices
Preceded byas European Commissioner for the Internal Market, the Customs Union and Industrial Affairs European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industrial Innovation, the Customs Union, the Environment, Consumer Protection and Nuclear Safety
Succeeded byas European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services