Henning Christophersen

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Henning Christophersen
Henning Christophersen June2016 (cropped).jpg
Born(1939-11-08)8 November 1939
Died31 December 2016(2016-12-31) (aged 77)

Henning Christophersen (8 November 1939 – 31 December 2016) was a Danish politician, a former Vice President of the European Commission (1985–1995), former leader of the Danish liberal party Venstre (1978–1984) and former member of the European Convention.[1] Christophersen was one of the early architects of the Single Market and the Euro.


Christophersen was born in Copenhagen. He was Deputy Prime minister and Finance Minister of Denmark (1982–1984) and Foreign Minister of Denmark (1978–1979).

During his time as Vice President of the European Commission for Budget and later for Economic & Financial Affairs, Christophersen decisively contributed to the preparations of the launch of the Euro and of the Economic & Monetary Union. Through his pioneering work on Transeuropean Networks, he also played a big role in the realization of the Internal Market.

In 1992, as EU commissioner, Christophersen together with 10 Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs founded the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the EuroFaculty.[2]

He was the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference 1998 until 2007.

He was Chairman and member of a number of Supervisory Boards of Directors, and a Partner of , Brussels.

Christophersen died on 31 December 2016 in Brussels at the age of 77 after a short illness.[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
Anker Jørgensen
Foreign Minister of Denmark
30 August 1978 – 26 October 1979
Succeeded by
Kjeld Olesen
Preceded by
Finance Minister of Denmark
10 September 1982 – 23 July 1984
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Vice-President of the European Commission
Succeeded by
Leon Brittan
Preceded by
François-Xavier Ortoli
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs
Succeeded by
Yves-Thibault de Silguy
Party political offices
Preceded by
Poul Hartling
Leader of Venstre
Succeeded by
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen


  1. ^ Henning Christophersen Den Store Danske, Gyldendals åbne encyclopædi
  2. ^ Kristensen, Gustav N. 2010. Born into a Dream. EuroFaculty and the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Berliner Wissentshafts-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8305-1769-6.
  3. ^ "Venstre-legenden Henning Christophersen er død" (in Danish). 1 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017.


  • Tom Matz (2004), Venstre ved du hvor du har ForlagsKompagniet : Nørhaven Book.

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