Niels Helveg Petersen

Niels lolk Helveg Petersen ( born January 17, 1939 in Odense ) is a Danish politician of the party Det Radical Venstre (RV). He was from 1993 to 2000 Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country.


Helveg Petersen comes from a Danish political dynasty of the Social Liberal Party. His father was teaching and Culture Minister Kristen Helveg Petersen, his mother Lilly Helveg Petersen Mayor in Copenhagen. Niels ' son Morten Helveg Petersen was a member of parliament until 2009, his brother Rasmus Helveg Petersen was elected to the Folketing in 2011. Helveg Petersen studied law at the University of Copenhagen. He is married to Hanne Elisabeth Aarup.

From 1966 to 1974, 1977-1993 and 1994-2011 he was a deputy in the Folketing, interrupted by his work for the Danish EU Commissioner Finn Gundelach 1974-1977. From 1978 to 1988 Helveg Petersen was the successor of Svend Haugaard Party Leader of the RV. June 3, 1988 to December 18, 1990 Helveg Petersen was the successor of Knud Enggaard Minister of Economy in the center - right government Poul Schlüter III.

Of 25 January 1993 to 21 December 2000, he was the successor of Uffe Ellemann -Jensen as foreign minister in the governments Nyrup Rasmussen I, II, III and IV After eight years in office Helveg Petersen resigned his post as part of a cabinet reshuffle on. The reason he mentioned wanting to be not entrusted with the implementation of the Danish EU reservations.