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Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

President

Born in Coblence in 1926, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is one of the founding fathers of Europe having dedicated his life to ensuring that Europe remains a key economic power on a global stage.

In May 1974 Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was elected President of the Republic of France. In this capacity, he unflaggingly pursued a policy of rejuvenating the building of Europe, supported in this by Helmut Schmidt. The two men pushed monetary union by initiating the European Monetary System (EMS), which was launched on 13 March 1979. During his seven-year incumbency, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing actively sought to give new impetus to the European institutions.

Founder of the G8 (then G6), the man behind the creation of the European Council, supporter of increasing the democratic power of the European Parliament, President of the Convention on the Future of the European Union, responsible for drafting and editing a constitution for Europe, founder – together with Helmut Schmidt- in 1986 the Committee for the Monetary Union of Europe, etc. These are just some of the many roles that Valéry Giscard d’Estaing has had during his extraordinary life and career.