MARTENS (Wilfried)

Born on 19 April 1936 in Sleidinge (B), deceased 9 October 2013 in Lokreren (B)

Nationality: Belgian

PhD in Law, Licentiate in Notary Science, Bachelor’s degree in Thomist Philosophy

Lawyer at the Ghent Court of Appeal

Adviser to Prime Ministers Pierre Harmel and Paul Vanden Boeynants (1965–1966)

President of the ‘CVP Jongeren’ (the CVP youth organisation) (1967–1971)

Special adviser in the office of minister Leo Tindemans (1968)

Chairman of the Christelijke Volkspartij (Christian People’s Party) (1972–1979)

Co-founder of the European People’s Party (1976)

Member of the Chamber of Representatives (1974–1991)

Prime Minister (1979–1981; 1981–1992)

President of the European People’s Party (1990–2013)

President of the European Union of Christian Democrats (1993–1996)

Member of the European Parliament (1994–2004)

Chairman of the Group of the European People’s Party (1994–1999)

Minister of State (1992-2013)

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