Nicolas Schmit was born on 10 December 1953 in Differdange.
Education and qualifications
Nicolas Schmit holds a doctorate in economics and a degree from the Institut des études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence (1982). He was also awarded a DEA (higher post-graduate diploma) in international relations in 1978 as well as a Master of Arts in 1977.
Following the legislative elections of 13 June 2004, Nicolas Schmit was appointed Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration on 31 July 2004.
Upon the return of the coalition government formed by the Christian Social Party (CSV) and the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) as a result of the legislative elections of 7 June 2009, Nicolas Schmit was appointed Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration on 23 July 2009.
Nicolas Schmit represents the Luxembourg government at the Council of Ministers of the European Union in the Employment and Social Policy sections of its Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs configuration as well as in the Immigration section of its Justice and Home Affairs configuration.
Other political posts
From 1989 to 1990, Nicolas Schmit was secretary of the LSAP parliamentary group.
From 1991 to 2004, he was a member of the Council of State.
From 1978 to 1979, Nicolas Schmit held a position in the research of international economic relations at the University Aix-Marseille III.
From 1979 onwards, he was assigned as an attaché to the presidency of the Luxembourg government and as such was responsible for economic dossiers.
In 1983, he left this post to assume the role of secretary of legation of the Political Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1984 to 1989, he was head of cabinet to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jacques Poos.
From 1990 to 1992, Nicolas Schmit held the post of advisor to the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union in Brussels. He was involved in the Intergovernmental Conference preparations that led to the Maastricht Treaty.
From 1992 to 1998, he was head of the Department of International Economic Relations and Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1998 to 2004, he was Luxembourg’s ambassador and permanent representative to the European Union in Brussels. From 2000 to 2001, he was the personal representative at the Intergovernmental Conference preparing the Treaty of Nice. From 2002 to 2003, he also represented the government as a deputy member at the meetings of the European Convention on the Future of Europe.