Karl-Heinz Lambertz

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Person.png Karl-Heinz Lambertz  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born4 June 1952
Schoppen, Belgium
Alma materUniversité catholique de Louvain, Heidelberg University
PartySocialist Party (Belgium)
Belgian politician from the German-speaking minority who president of the European Committee of the Regions 2010-2020.

Employment.png Senator of the German-speaking Community in Belgium

In office
19 September 2016 - Present

Karl-Heinz Lambertz is a Belgian politician who was president of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) from 12 July 2017 until 12 February 2020 [1] after 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.

Early life

Born on 4 June 1952 in Schoppen, Lambertz' interest in politics came early in his career, having been President of the German-speaking Youth Council (1975–1980).

He holds a master's degree in law from the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) with an additional specialisation in German law (University of Heidelberg). 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 being elected as Minister-President (1999–2014). In 2014, he became President of the Parliament for the first time, a post he held until 2016 before he 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.

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.[2]

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