Karel Van Miert
Karel van Miert
|European Commissioner for Competition|
6 January 1993 – 13 September 1999
Manuel Marín (Acting)
|Preceded by||Leon Brittan|
|Succeeded by||Mario Monti|
|European Commissioner for Transport and Consumer Protection|
6 January 1989 – 6 January 1993
|Preceded by||Stanley Clinton-Davis (Environment and Transport)|
Grigoris Varfis (Regional Policy and Consumer Protection)
|Succeeded by||Abel Matutes (Transport and Energy)|
Christiane Scrivener (Taxation, the Customs Union and Consumer Policies)
|Born||17 January 1942|
|Died||22 June 2009 67) (aged|
|Political party||Different Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||Ghent University|
He was born in Oud-Turnhout. He studied at Ghent University (1962–1966) and gained a degree in diplomatic sciences. In 1976 he became adjunct-national secretary of the – at that time – unitary Belgian socialist party. Two years later he became president of the Different Socialist Party. In 1989 he was appointed European commissioner responsible for transport, credit and investment and consumer policy. In 1992 he was also put in charge of environmental policy. On 26 May 1992 he was appointed Minister of State. From 1993 till 1999 he served as vice-chairman of the European commission and was responsible for competition policy. In this period Van Miert was according to The Guardian "one of the most powerful men in Europe." In 2001, he was awarded the Vlerick Award. He also worked with Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical corporation. After his departure from politics Van Miert was an international advisor to Goldman Sachs.
On 22 June 2009, 67-year-old Van Miert died at his home in Beersel, after falling from a garden ladder when he had a cardiac arrest.
- Member of the European Parliament (1979–1985)
- Deputy in the Belgian Chamber (1985–1988)
- European Commissioner (1989–1999)
- Cendrowicz, Leo (25 June 2009). "Obituary: Karel Van Miert". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- Foley, Stephen (18 November 2011). "What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe". The Independent. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
Willy De Clercq
| Belgian European Commissioner
as European Commissioner for Environment and Transport
| European Commissioner for Transport and Consumer Protection
as European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Consumer Protection
as European Commissioner for Transport and Energy
as European Commissioner for Taxation, the Customs Union and Consumer Policies
| European Commissioner for Competition