Derek Prag

Derek Prag (6 August 1923 20 January 2010) was a British Member of the European Parliament for Hertfordshire. He represented the European People's Party.

Derek Prag
Personal details
Born(1923-08-06)6 August 1923
Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales
Died20 January 2010(2010-01-20) (aged 86)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Dora (1925–2010)
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge

Prag was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales[1] and attended Bolton School in Lancashire from 1934 to 1941 then read Modern Languages at Cambridge University. He had a career in journalism before going to work for the European Union.[2] In 1948 he married Dora,[3] with whom he was joint patron of the European Union Youth Orchestra.[4] He had three sons: Nicholas, Stephen and Jonathan.

Previously Prag had been the first head of the European Commission office in London, and for many years he was chairman of the London Europe Society. He served on the board of EUbusiness, a business information service about the European Union.[5]

Derek Prag died in January 2010 from a heart attack, aged 86.[6]


  1. "Your MEPs : Archives : Derek PRAG". European Parliament website. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  2. "Bolton 'old boy' makes a stand for devolution". Bolton Evening News. 7 October 1997. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  3. "Focus: How to stay together". The Independent. 5 September 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  4. "Supporters of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 12 October 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. " - About Us". website. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  6. "Tributes to former Hertfordshire MEP - News - Welwyn Hatfield Times". Retrieved 29 November 2013.