In short

Born on 22 November 1952 in Luxembourg
One daughter from her marriage to Hubert Wurth

42, Place Guillaume II, L-2090 Luxembourg
Phone: 4796-2660 / Fax: 22 74 99

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Education and experience


  • 1972 – Secondary school leaving diploma, Lycée Robert Schuman
  • 1976 – Master's in Law, University of Grenoble
  • 1977 – Postgraduate degree (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies – DEA) in European Integration, Centre Universitaire de Recherches Internationales et Européennes, Grenoble


  • 1977 – Admitted to the Luxembourg Bar

POLITICAL experience

  • National and European levels
    • Member of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies (June 1979 to October 1985, June 1989 to June 1990, 1994 to 1999, and 2009 to present)
    • Member of the European Parliament (1985 to 1989, 1990 to 1994, and 2004 to 2009)
    • Chair of the Democratic Party (1994 to 2004)
    • Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of the Civil Service from 1999 to 2004
    • Vice-Chair of the Chamber of Deputies (2009 to 2013)
  • Local level
    • Mayor of the City of Luxembourg (1982 to 1999)
    • Member of the Municipal Council of the City of Luxembourg (since 28 November 2005)
    • Alderwoman for Culture (2008 to 2013)
    • Mayor of the City of Luxembourg (since December 2013)


  • Honorary doctorate from Miami University (Ohio), August 1988
  • Grand Officer of the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolphe of Nassau
  • Commander of the Legion of Honour
  • Among other honours


The mayor presides over the meetings of the municipal council and the college of the mayor and aldermen. She signs regulations and orders adopted by the municipal council and the college of the mayor and aldermen, as well as all publications, deeds and correspondence produced by the municipal authorities.

The mayor alone is empowered to take enforcement measures in matters relating to public order and safety. The policing of shows falls within her remit, and she can even ban events that are likely to disrupt public order.

In the event of riots, attacks or serious threats to public order, or other unforeseen events, when the slightest delay could jeopardise residents’ safety or result in damage to property, the mayor may call directly on law enforcement to intervene.

Central administration

  • Coordination of departments
  • General secretariat/archives
  • Civil Registry
  • Cemeteries
  • Personnel matters
  • Population matters

Internal and external communications

  • City of Luxembourg publications
  • Media relations

Cultural affairs

  • Planning, organising and coordinating activities undertaken by the City of Luxembourg's cultural institutions
  • Socio-cultural events
  • Relations with the Government/ALAC
  • Relations with private cultural associations

Urban development

  • Building permits 
  • Development projects and building regulations, in collaboration with Alderman Maurice Bauer

Public safety

  • Relations with law enforcement agencies and municipal workers 


  • International relations
  • Relations with religious organisations
  • Fondation Jean-Pierre Pescatore