Karl-Heinz Lambertz was born on 4 June 1952 in Schoppen, Belgium. After having completed his studies in Law, Karl-Heinz Lambertz started his academic career in 1976 as an Assistant Lecturer at the Law Department of the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) and then worked as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the UCL. Between 1984 and 1990, he was also active as the President of the Socialist Party of the German-speaking Community of Belgium. He was the Minister of Media, Adult Education, Policy for Disabled People and Social Aid between 1990 and 1995 and Minister of Youth, Training, Media and Social Matters between 1995 and 1999. In 1999, he became Minister of Employment, Policy for Disabled People, Media and Sport. In the same year, he also became Minister-President of Belgium's German-speaking Community, a political office that he held until May 2014, when he became President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community. A CoR member since 1999, he was elected President of the PES Group in June 2011. He has been rapporteur of the Committee of the Regions on the Reform of EU State aid rules on Services of General Economic Interest (July 2011) and on the Situation of frontier workers after twenty years of the Internal Market (July 2013).Since 2000, he has been Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and is currently the President of its Socialist Group. From March 2013 until June 2014, he was been President of the Euregio Maas-Rhine (EMR). He is also the President of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR).
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