Connie Hedegaard

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Holbæk, Denmark
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen
Member ofEuropean Council on Foreign Relations, Friends of Europe
PartyConservative People's Party
Danish politician, multi-Bilderberger

Employment.png European Commissioner for Climate Action Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 February 2010 - 31 October 2014

Employment.png Denmark/Minister for Climate and Energy

In office
23 November 2007 - 24 November 2009

Employment.png Denmark/Minister for Nordic Cooperation

In office
18 February 2005 - 23 November 2007

Employment.png Denmark/Minister for the Environment

In office
2 August 2004 - 23 November 2007

Connie Hedegaard is a Danish journalist and politician.

Early Political Career

Hedegaard started her political career as leader of the Conservative Student Union (Konservative Studerende) and a member of the Conservative Party. She has been active in government on and off since 1984, when she was elected as the hitherto youngest member of the Folketing, the Danish national parliament, where she sat for six years.

After being President of the NATO-close Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders in 1985, she became defense spokeswoman for the party.

In 1990, she left politics to pursue a career in journalism. Over the next 14 years, she worked as a journalist at the newspaper Berlingske Tidende, took the post of Director of the News Bulletin Service at the public broadcaster DR Radio News, anchor for Deadline, a Danish TV news program, and Columnist at Danish national newspaper Politiken.

Member of the Danish government, 2004–2010

Moving back to politics in 2004, she became Minister of the Environment. A year later, she became Minister for Nordic Cooperation. After the November 2007 general election, she was chosen as Minister for Climate and Energy.

European Commissioner for Climate Action, 2010–2014

Taking up her new position at the European Commission under President Barroso on 10 February 2010, Hedegaard stressed the importance of climate change in the 21st century. She hoped that by the end of her five-year term, Europe would be the most climate friendly region in the world. Her priorities would be to implement the European Climate and Energy package and to continue her efforts towards an ambitious international climate agreement.

After the European Commission

Since March 2018, she has been board director for Berlingske Media Group.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
Bilderberg/20171 June 20174 June 2017US
The 65th Bilderberg Meeting
Bilderberg/20187 June 201810 June 2018Italy
Hotel Torino Lingotto Congress
The 66th Bilderberg Meeting, in Turin, Italy, known for months in advance after an unprecedented leak by the Serbian government.
Bilderberg/201930 May 20192 June 2019Switzerland
Hotel Montreux Palace
The 67th Bilderberg Meeting