The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2005URL (Internet address) : http://www.eu2005.lu/en/presidence/membres/asselborn/
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Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Jean Asselborn was born on 27 April 1949 and now lives in the town of Steinfort, where he served as mayor between 1982 and 2004.
In 1967 he left school to work for Uniroyal laboratories. He then became involved in the trade union movement and was soon elected to the post of youth representative of the Federation of Luxembourg Workers (Lëtzebuerger Aarbechterverband), precursor to the current OGB-L (Independent Federation of Trade Unions of Luxembourg).
In 1968 he joined the civil administration of Luxembourg City, but left a year later to return to Steinfort and serve in the local administration.
In 1976 he enrolled in evening classes and obtained his secondary education diploma from the Athénée de Luxembourg. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed administrator of the intermunicipal hospital of Steinfort.
In 1980 he married Sylvie Hubert. They now have two children: Anne, born in 1982, and Julie, born in 1987.
He then enrolled as a student at the University of Nancy, where he was awarded a Master’s degree in Private Judicial Law in October 1981, only three days before his first election to the post of mayor of the municipality of Steinfort.
In 1984 he was elected to the Luxembourg Parliament for the first time and has been returned to his seat there at each subsequent election. In 1989 he was appointed head of the parliamentary group of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP), and was elected chairman of the party in 1997. From 1999 to 2004, he served as vice-president of the Luxembourg Parliament.
In addition to his national mandate, he was appointed member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and served as vice-president of the European Socialist Party from 2000 to 2004.
On 31 July 2004, following the June 2004 parliamentary elections, Jean Asselborn was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.