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Anne Brasseur, a long-standing Liberal, both at the national and European level, has announced she will retire from active politics. She will step down as a Member of the Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies, where she sits with ALDE Party member Demokratecsh Partei, on 31 January.
Brasseur, a former Vice President of the Demokratesch Partei, has been a Member of Parliament for almost 40 years.
Before, she had been a Municipal Councillor in Luxembourg City from 1975 to 1979. Later, she was Vice Mayor of Luxemborug City in two occassions, between 1982 and 1999 and between 2005 and 2009.
From 1999 to 2004 Brasseur was Luxembourg's Minister for National Education, Vocational Training and Sports in the government of Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker.
Anne Brasseur was not only active in local and national politics, but also in the Council of Europe. From 2009 to 2014 she was the President of the ALDE Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and in 2014 she was elected President of the PACE. In 2015, she was re-elected for a new mandate, and in 2016, she stepped down from her position.
Since then, she has been active as a human rights campaigner, particularly after she was appointed Ambassador of the No Hate Speech movement of the Council of Europe in March 2016.
ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP commented: “Anne Brasseur has devoted her entire life to promote human rights and civil liberties. She played a crucial role both in national parliament and in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. We will, also after Anne has left active politics, involve her in our activities and use her experience. So it is not an "adieu" but it is "au revoir"."
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