|Senator of the German-speaking Community in Belgium|
Assumed office |
19 September 2016
|Preceded by||Alexander Miesen|
|Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium|
6 July 1999 – 30 June 2014
|Preceded by||Joseph Maraite|
|Succeeded by||Oliver Paasch|
4 June 1952|
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||Université catholique de Louvain|
Karl-Heinz Lambertz (born 4 June 1952) is a Belgian politician holding a master's degree in Law (Université catholique de Louvain) with an additional specialisation in German Law (University of Heidelberg). He was the Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium for 15 years and became President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community in 2014. Currently a member of the Belgian Senate representing the German-Speaking Community, he is also President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) having been elected on 12 July 2017 after serving a two and a half year term as its First Vice-President.
Born on 4 June 1952 in Schoppen, Karl-Heinz Lambertz' interest in politics came early in his career having served as President of the German-speaking Youth Council (1975-1980). 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 1990-1999 he held numerous Ministerial posts in the German-speaking Community Government before being elected as Minister-President (1999-2014). He was then President of Parliament until 2016 before taking post as senator.
Karl-Heinz Lambertz has been a CoR member since 2001 and was President of the CoR's PES Group (2011- 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.
- 2014: Grand cross in the Order of the Crown.
- BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgian PM's resignation rejected
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