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Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Nicolas Schmit was born on 10 December 1953. He is married and has four children.
Nicolas Schmit obtained a doctorate in economics and a degree from the Institut des études politiques in Aix-en-Provence. He holds a postgraduate Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in International Relations and a Master of Arts.
He started his professional career as a researcher in international economic relations at the Université d’Aix-Marseille III, a post he held from 1978 to 1979.
From 1979 Nicolas Schmit served as attaché with responsibility for economic affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. In 1983, he joined the Luxembourg Diplomatic Service as secrétaire de légation in the Political Department. He assumed the post of chef de cabinet of Foreign Minister Jacques F. Poos in 1984.
In 1989 he became Parliamentary Secretary of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP). In 1990 he assumed the post of counsellor at Luxembourg’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. He participated in the works of the Intergovernmental Conference preparing the Maastricht Treaty.
In 1991 Nicolas Schmit was appointed member of the State Council. From 1992 to 1998 he was Head of the Department for International Economic Relations and Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1998 he became Luxembourg’s Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. From 2000 to 2001 he was the personnel representative at the Intergovernmental Conference preparing the Nice Treaty. From 2002 to 2003 he represented the Government as an Alternate Member at the Convention on the Future of Europe.
On 31 July 2004 Nicolas Schmit was appointed Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.