The Fondation du Mérite européen has as its Honorary
the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Minister of State.
Bettel was born on 3 March 1973 in Luxembourg City.
He has been married to Gauthier Destenay
since the 15th May, 2015.
After secondary school, Xavier Bettel
was awarded a Master’s degree in Public and European law and a
Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in Political Science and
Public Law from the University of Nancy. As an Erasmus student he
also studied Maritime Law and Ecclesiastical Law at Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
From 2001 to 2013, Xavier
Bettel practised as a barrister in Luxembourg.
Having been a member of the Democratic
Party (DP) since 1989, Xavier Bettel was first elected to the
Luxembourgish parliament, the Chambre des Députés (Chamber of
Deputies), in 1999, at the age of 26, in the constituency of the
Centre. He was re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2013. He has also
been a member of the Conseil
communal de Luxembourg
(Communal Council) since 2000 and was appointed, on the 28th
November 2005, alderman in the Council of Luxembourg City. Following
municipal elections in
2011, Xavier Bettel became mayor
of Luxembourg City.
From January 2013 to November 2015,
Xavier Bettel was Chairman of the DP.
Following the general
election of 20 October 2013, Xavier Bettel was appointed Prime
Minister, Minister of State and Minister for Communications and
Media. In addition, he was appointed Minister for Religious Affairs
on 4 December 2013 and a coalition government was formed between the
DP, the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green
Party (“déi gréng”).
On 18 December 2015,
Xavier Bettel was appointed Minister of Culture.