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30 December 2020

ERA Mourns for Peter Schmidhuber

Peter Schmidhuber, personal member of the Governing Board of the Academy of European Law and long-time Chair of its Friends, passed away on 26 December 2020 at the age of 89.


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Schmidhuber was one of ERA's silent pioneers and promoters, but all the more effective in the background. As Budget Commissioner under Jacques Delors, he secured European funding for the Academy in its founding years from 1991 on.

He remained closely associated with our institute even after his move to the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank in 1995. His instrumental help in acquiring the former Trier office building of the Bundesbank and the expansion of ERA's conference centre in 2008-2011 will not be forgotten.

As Chairman until 2009, he opened up new tasks for the Friends of ERA, such as the Academy's scholarship programme which is still successful today, initiated the launch of ERA’s legal quarterly ERA Forum and promoted the first acquisition of the Academy's own works of art for the ERA Conference Centre.

His high analytical intelligence, his outstanding legal expertise, his political savvy, his fine irony and his humanity will leave a lasting mark on our memory of Peter Schmidhuber.

Dr Wolfgang Heusel

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