Werner Hoyer has been President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank since 2012. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hoyer was Deputy Foreign Minister at the German Foreign Office between 2009 and 2011 after having been Deputy Chairman and Foreign Affairs Spokesman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) between 2002 and 2009.
Dr. Hoyer was a Member of the German Bundestag between 1987 and 2011 and also held the positions of whip and Security Policy Spokesman, FDP’s Deputy Chairman, Deputy Chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Friendship Group, and FDP Secretary General. He was Deputy Foreign Minister at the German Foreign Office between 1994 and 1998 and President of the European Liberal Democratic Reform Party (EDLR) between 2000 and 2005.
From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Hoyer was Minister of State at the Foreign Office in the Fifth Cabinet Kohl under Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel. In 1996, he was the German negotiator at an intergovernmental conference in Turin that was aimed at improving the European Union's decision making processes.