Bendt BENDTSEN : Curriculum vitae 

Original version : DA 

Curriculum vitae (The MEP is solely responsible for the information published)  
Updated: 04/02/2015 

Education (qualifications and diplomas) 

  • 1987-1988 : Higher commercial examination course in accounting and business administration, Tietgen Business College, Odense
  • 1975-1978 : Police college
  • 1971-1971 : Lower secondary examination, Odense Friskole

Professional career 

  • 1984-1999 : Detective inspector, Odense
  • 1980-1984 : Police inspector, Odense
  • 1975-1980 : Copenhagen Police

Political career 

Offices held in a political party or national trade union  
  • 2000-2008 : Chairman of the Konservative Folkeparti (Conservative People's Party)
  • 1999-2008 : Political leader of the Conservative People's Party
  • 1986-1994 : Vice-Chairman of the Odense Criminal Police Association
Offices held in local government bodies  
  • 1990-1999 : Odense city council
Offices held in a national parliament  
  • 1994-2009 : Member of the Danish Parliament for the Conservative People's Party
Offices held in a national government  
  • 2001-2008 : Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Business Affairs
Offices held in an international political party organisation or an international trade union organisation  
  • 2005-2010 : Vice-Chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU)
Offices held in other international organisations  
  • 2013-2014 : First Vice-President of SME Europe

Other activities 

  • 2005-2006 : Vice-Chair of the Globalisation Council
  • 2001-2008 : Member of the Internal Market Council
  • 01/07/2002-31/12/2002 : Chair of the Internal Market Council


  • Denmark, Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog, conferred 2002
  • Denmark, Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog, 1st class, conferred 2008
  • Sweden, Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, conferred 2007
  • Germany, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, conferred 2002
  • Belgium, Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown, conferred 2002
  • Luxembourg, Grand Cross of the Order of the Oak Crown
  • Bulgaria, Stara Planina Order, 1st class
  • Brazil, Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross, conferred 2007
  • Mexico, Order of the Aztec Eagle, Grand Cross 2nd class, conferred 2009
  • EPP Schuman Medal from the PPE-DE Group in the European Parliament, conferred 2003


  • Bruxelles 

    Parlement européen
    Bât. Altiero Spinelli
    60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
    B-1047 Bruxelles/Brussel
  • Strasbourg 

    Parlement européen
    Bât. Louise Weiss
    1, avenue du Président Robert Schuman
    CS 91024
    F-67070 Strasbourg Cedex
  • Postal address 

    European Parliament
    Rue Wiertz
    Altiero Spinelli 14E201
    1047 Brussels
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