Member of European Parliament
Graduated in Germanic languages, University of Liège (1973). Accredited upper school teacher (1974). Teacher of English and German (1974-1981).
Member of the national bureau of the CSP (since 1986). Member of the EPP bureau (since 1994). Adviser to the Prime Minister (1981-1984). Member of the provincial council (1984-1985).
Member of Council, German-speaking Community (1986-1994).
Government minister, German-speaking Community (1986-1990). Chairman of Council, German-speaking
Community (1990-1994). Mayor of Kelmis (since 1991).
Member of the European Parliament (since 1994).
Member of the Robert Schuman Foundation. Member of the board of Bierset-Liège airport (since 1996).
Commander of the Order of Leopold (1999).
Merit award of the Meuse-Rhine Euregio (1999).
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, First Class (2004).