Nicolas Schmit


Nicolas Schmit (born 10 December 1953) is a politician from Luxembourg serving as European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights since 2019. A member of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP), he was previously a member of the government of Luxembourg from 2004 to 2019 and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2019.

Nicolas Schmit
European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
Assumed office
1 December 2019
PresidentUrsula von der Leyen
Preceded byMarianne Thyssen
Member of the European Parliament
for Luxembourg
In office
1 July 2019  30 November 2019
Personal details
Born (1953-12-10) 10 December 1953 (age 67)
Differdange, Luxembourg
Political partySocialist Workers' Party
Other political
affiliations
Party of European Socialists
Children4
EducationInstitute of Political Studies, Aix

Early life and education


Schmit studied economics in France at the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence.

Career


In 1979, Schmit started his political and diplomatic career as an attaché in the Prime Minister's office in Luxembourg, followed by the Foreign Ministry. In 1989, he became Secretary to the LSAP's delegation in the Chamber of Deputies. He was appointed to the Council of State on 29 October 1991, replacing René Grégorius.[1]

In 2004, Schmit was appointed to the first Juncker-Asselborn Ministry as Minister-Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, working under Jean Asselborn as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

After the 2009 election, in which Schmit was elected for the Est constituency as the sole LSAP deputy,[2] he did not take his seat but was reappointed to the government. He was promoted to the office of Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration of Luxembourg. He is the chairman of the EPSCO network of the Party of European Socialists.[3]

Since the 2019 European elections, Schmit has been a Member of the European Parliament, where he belongs to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group. He has since been serving on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

Controversy


In January 2011, Xavier Bettel claimed that Schmit exerted undue influence on the Grand Ducal Police to drop charges against his 18-year-old son the previous month. Schmit denied that his assistance of his son amounted to undue influence, saying that his 'conscience is clear'.[4]

Personal life


He is married and has four children.[5]

Footnotes


  1. "Membres depuis 1857" (in French). Council of State. Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  2. "2009: Circonscription Est" (in French). Service Information et Presse. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  3. PES ministers determined to push for more Social Europe
  4. "Drohungen auf dem Polizeibüro?". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 18 January 2011. Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  5. Ein Mann will nach oben - land.lu - Pol Schock - September 13, 2019