Tuesday, 18 September 2012 • The IRE gets high-ranking support from the Luxembourgian Prime Minister
After intense contacts between the IRE and the office of the Prime Minister, the membership of Jean-Claude Juncker in the Board of Patrons was confirmed yesterday through a personal letter addressed to Franz Schausberger, Chairman of the IRE. Schausberger, currently in Moldavia at a CORLEAP meeting of the EU, emphasized in a short statement the decision of Juncker: «It equals a recognition of our work on the highest political level in Europe. It is a strong motivation for the whole team and confirms that the IRE is on the right path».
Born on 9 December 1954, Juncker is since January 1995 Prime Minister of Luxemburg, and is therefore the longest-serving head of government in the EU, and the longest-serving democratically elected current head of any government in the world. He has been President of the Euro Group, the political control over the euro currency, since the creation of a semi-permanent position in 2005.
Since the founding in 2004, the IRE is supported by important personalities from politics and society. They identify themselves with the principles and activities of the IRE through a public declaration. Up to now, several high-ranking decision makers have supported the institute, amongst others Helmut Kohl, Hubert von Goisern and Karel Schwarzenberg.