Special postage stamp - Pierre Werner

3 december 2013

POST Philately has issued a postage stamp to pay tribute to Pierre Werner, Luxembourg's Prime Minister from 1959 to 1979 and from 1979 to 1984.

Pierre Werner was born on 29 December 1913 in Saint-André (Lille), to Luxembourgish parents. This statesman was known for his amazingly long political career. He started his working life as an executive secretary in a large Luxembourgish bank.

Special postage stamp - Pierre Werner

Special Pierre Werner stamp, a respected statesman

After the war, he joined the Ministry of Finance. In 1953, he became Minister of Finance and of the Armed Forces. In 1959, he was named Prime Minister. He occupied this position until 1984, with a break between 1974 and 1979.

He played a major role in the construction of Luxembourg as a financial centre. Pierre Werner was also strongly involved in the key elements of European expansion. He contributed a great deal towards Luxembourg being made a permanent capital of the European Community institutions

Pierre Werner a convicted European

Pierre Werner was a great visionary, and in March 1970 he took on the presidency of a special working group with the goal of economic and monetary union for the European Union. This plan could not be implemented due to the energy crisis and recession, however the plan foreshadowed what would become the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

In 1985, he was appointed chairman of the board of directors of the CLT (Compagnie luxembourgeoise de télédiffusion). From 1989 to 1996, he was president of the SES (Société Européenne des Satellites). Pierre Werner passed away in Luxembourg in 2002, aged 88. 

The artist

Pit Wagner, artist, painter, illustrator, engraver and sculptor was born in Luxembourg in 1954.

Pit Wagner is a prolific artist. He is well-known for his portraits and landscapes, he has already produced numerous illustrations for POST Philately. Pit Wagner lives and works in Ettelbrück.

Stamp price: €0,60 
Drawing: Pit Wagner (L)
Printing: Four-colour high-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)
Format: 40.20 x 27.66mm, 10 stamps per sheet.


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