Founding President of the Jacques Delors Institute
Jacques Delors was President of the Economic Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1981 and President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995. He had previously been Minister of Finance and Economy in France. In October 1996, Jacques Delors founded the think tank Notre Europe, today Jacques Delors Institute.
Jacques Delors started his career at the Banque de France in 1945 before being appointed General Secretary for Permanent Training and Social Promotion (1969-1973). He was a member of Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas's cabinet (1969-1972). He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1979 and chaired the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee until May 1981. From May 1981 to July 1984, he was the French Minister of Economics and Finance. He was elected Mayor of Clichy (1983-1984). From 1992 to 1996, he chaired UNESCO's International Commission on Education for the 21st century. In May 2000 he was appointed president of the CERC (Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale) until July 2009.
He has been awarded the title of Docteur Honoris Causa by 24 universities and has earned various prizes and distinctions. He was named "European Citizen of Honor" by the European Council on 24 and 25 June 2015.