As a member of major international economic, political, financial and legal institutions, Luxembourg assumes its role in Europe and in the world, furthering multilateralism and international cooperation. Luxembourgers have often held important tasks in these institutions. A number of Luxembourgers currently occupy important positions in international institutions.
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission
The Luxembourger Jean-Claude Juncker has been president of the European Commission since 1 November 2014. Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, honorary Minister of State and former president of the Eurogroup (2000-2013), is the 13th president of the European Commission. Before him, other Luxembourgers have occupied the highest post in the European Commission: Gaston Thorn and Jacques Santer were presidents of the European Commission, from 1981 to 1985 and from 1995 to 1999 respectively.
Marc Jaeger, president of the General Court of the European Union
Since 1996 Marc Jaeger has been judge at the General Court of the European Union. He has been president of the General Court since 17 September 2007. Established in 1987, the General Court is one of the three jurisdictions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It handles appeals by the member states against the European Commission and certain acts of the Council, as well as appeals that are addressed by physical and legal persons. The General Court is made up of at least one judge per member state.
Dean Spielmann, judge at the General Court of the European Union
Since 13 April 2016 Dean Spielman has been judge at the General Court of the European Union. He is one of the new judges that have been appointed as a result of the reform of the judicial architecture of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Yves Mersch at the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).
On 22 November 2012 the extraordinary European Council decided the appointment of Yves Mersch to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) for a duration of 8 years. Having been president of the Luxembourg Central Bank (Banque centrale du Luxembourg, BCL) since its creation in 1998, Yves Mersch took over is new post on 15 December 2012. Thereby he succeeded Manuel González-Páramo, whose term ended on 31 May 2012.