Colette Flesch

Colette Flesch is a Luxembourg politician with a long career in the European Parliament, and she is currently President of the European Institute of Cultural Routes under the Council of Europe.

Colette served in numerous political capacities, both in government, within the Democratic Party, and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party.

In December 1968 she was elected to the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies and, in 1970, became the first female Mayor of Luxembourg City at the age of 32 where she remained until 1980.   

Besides her work in the Chamber of Deputies (1969-1980, 1984-1989 and 2004-2009), she was also a member of the European Parliament from 1969 to 1980, 1984 to 1985, 1989 to 1990, and 1999 to 2004.

In 1976, she became the General Secretary of the Democratic Party, and was its President from 1981 to 1989.  From 1980 to 1984 she was a member of Pierre Werner's government as Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Minister for Foreign Trade.

From 1990 to 1999, she was the European Commission's Director-General for Culture, Communication and Sports.

She holds a graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University after gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College.

As an Olympic fencer, she participated in the Individual Foil event at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics.