The Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin is an independent non-profit GmbH (limited liability company). The institute’s shareholder is the Hertie School of Governance, a private university in Berlin. The institute has a sister institute in Paris, the Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors, a non-profit think tank. The institute was established at the initiative of Jacques Delors, former president of the European commission. Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein, Vice Dean and Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School of Berlin, is director and CEO of the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin. As a small think tank, the institute’s core team consists of ten staff members that are supported by external fellows, doctoral candidates and student assistants.
Jacques Delors was President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995. In October 1996, he founded the think tank Notre Europe, today known as the Institut Jacques Delors in Paris. Jacques Delors started his career at the French Central Bank “Banque de France“ in 1945 before being appointed General Secretary for Permanent Training and Social Promotion (1969-1973). He was a member of Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas’s cabinet (1969-1972). In 1979, Delors was elected as a Member of the European Parliament and chaired the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee until May 1981. From May 1981 to July 1984, he was the French Minister of Economics and Finance. He has been awarded the title of Docteur Honoris Causa by 24 universities and has earned various awards and distinctions, including the Jean Monnet Award (1988), the Prix Louis Weiss (1989), the Prix Prince des Asturies (1989), the Charlemagne Prize (1992), the Carlos V award (1995), and the Erasmus Prize (1997). He was named “European Citizen of Honor” by the European Council in June 2015.