Colette Flesch

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Person.png Colette Flesch  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, fencer)
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Born16 April 1937
Dudelange, Luxembourg
Alma materWellesley College, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Hague Academy of International Law
Luxembourgish politician. 3 Bilderbergs


Dates unknown

Colette Flesch is a Luxembourgish politician and former fencer.


She gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wellesley College in 1960, then earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, before studying at The Hague Academy of International Law.[1][2]

As a fencer she participated in the Individual foil events at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

She worked for the European Economic Community in Brussels, specialising in the agricultural side of the Common Market for 5 years.[2]

She has served in numerous political capacities, both in government and within the Democratic Party and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. In December 1968 she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in an early election. In 1970 she became the first female Mayor of Luxembourg City at the age of 32, which she remained until 1980.[1] Besides her work in the Chamber of Deputies (1969-1980, 1984-1989 and 2004-2009), she was also a member of the European Parliament from 1969 to 1980, 1984 to 1985, 1989 to 1990, and 1999 to 2004.

In 1976, she became the General Secretary of the Democratic Party, and was its President from 1981 to 1989.

From 1980 to 1984 she was a member of Pierre Werner's government, as Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and minister for foreign trade, cooperation, the economy, small and medium enterprises and justice.

From 1990 to 1999, she was the European Commission's Director-General for Culture, Communication and Sports, and later for translation.

From 1 January 1988 to 31 December 1999, she was a city councillor for Luxembourg City, and was later an alderman.

She was also the president of the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR).


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/198115 May 198117 May 1981Switzerland
Palace Hotel
The 29th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden
Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests
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