Charlemagne Prize 2023
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
Joseph Bech 1960
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1960 Joseph Bech
Born on 17th February 1887 in Diekirch (Luxembourg).
Studied Law in Fribourg (Switzerland) and Paris, was conferred a doctorate in 1912 (LLD); afterwards practiced as a lawyer. He was a Member of Parliament in the Luxembourg Parliament from 1914; in 1921 he became Justice Minister and Minister for Education for four years, from 1926 to 1937 he was Minister of State and Prime Minister.
From 1937 to 1953 he was Foreign Minister and Minister for Viniculture, between 1940 and 1945 he was a member of the government in exile.
From 1953 to 1958 he held the office of Minister of State and Prime Minister; thereafter he took on again the office of Foreign Minister (1958–1959) as well as the office of Minister for Foreign Trade and for Viniculture. In the post-war period in his various governmental offices he was actively involved in the European integration process; he is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the European Coal and Steel Community and one of the most consequent exponents of the European concept.
From 1959 to 1964 he was President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies.
Died on 8th March 1975.
Laudation (extract) by Robert Schuman
Speech (extract) by Joseph Bech
Photo Joseph Bech