Pierre Gramegna

Pierre Gramegna (born 22 April 1958) is a career diplomat and former lobbyist who is currently the Minister for Finances in the Bettel–Schneider ministry.

Pierre Gramegna
Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (ECOFIN). Handshake, Eurogroup Toomas Tõniste and Pierre Gramegna (36840348840) CROP GRAMEGNA.jpg
Minister for Finances
Assumed office
4 December 2013
Prime MinisterXavier Bettel
Preceded byLuc Frieden
Personal details
Born (1958-04-22) 22 April 1958 (age 63)
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Alma materPanthéon-Assas University

Early life and educationEdit

Gramegna was born and grew up in Esch-sur-Alzette. He then attended Panthéon-Assas University, where he studied economics and law, receiving a master's degree in civil law from the university in 1981, and a degree in economic science in 1982. He completed his postgraduate education with a DEA in community law.[2]

Diplomatic careerEdit

Gramegna joined the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He was an economic and political affairs adviser at the Luxembourg embassy in Paris from 1988 to 1993. He was subsequently appointed consul general and director of the Board of Economic Development in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2002, Gramegna served as Luxembourg's ambassador to Japan and South Korea, before heading the Directorate for International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a short period of time in 2002. In 2003, Gramegna became director general of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, a post he held until he was asked to join the government at the end of 2013.[2]

Political careerEdit

Following the 2013 general election in which he had not taken part, Gramegna was a surprise appointment to the Bettel–Schneider ministry as the Minister for Finances. He joined the Democratic Party shortly before being sworn in. Gramegna had been previously mostly known for his lobbyist work for the business community as well his promotional activities outside of Luxembourg in his capacity as director general of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.[2]

In November 2017, Gramegna submitted his formal application for succeeding Jeroen Dijsselbloem as the next chairman of the Eurogroup;[3][4] in the vote, he lost in the second round to Mário Centeno.[5][6] In 2020, he was again nominated by his government for that role, this time competing against Nadia Calviño and Paschal Donohoe.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GREECE: IT'S UP TO THE EUROGROUP TO NEGOTIATE". Retrieved 17 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Pierre Gramegna" (PDF). Luxembourg Government. Retrieved 18 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Jan Strupczewski (November 6, 2017), Slovakia's Kazimir bids to chair euro zone finance ministers Reuters.
  4. ^ Jan Strupczewski (November 30, 2017), Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia bid for Eurogroup chair Reuters.
  5. ^ Viktoria Dendrinou, Stephanie Bodoni and Radoslav Tomek (December 4, 2017), Portugal's Centeno Gets Top Economic Job in New Euro Chapter Bloomberg News.
  6. ^ Mehreen Khan and Jim Brunsden (December 4, 2017), Portugal’s Centeno wins race to become eurogroup president Financial Times.
  7. ^ Jan Strupczewski and Belén Carreño (June 25, 2020), Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg vie for Eurogroup leadership Reuters.
  8. ^ Board of Governors European Investment Bank (EIB).
  9. ^ Board of Governors: Pierre Gramegna European Stability Mechanism.
  10. ^ AfDB Annual Report 2017 African Development Bank (AfDB).
  11. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  12. ^ Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  13. ^ Members International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  14. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  15. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
Political offices
Preceded by
Luc Frieden
Minister for Finances
2013–present
Incumbent