Yuriko Backes, currently Maréchale de la Cour at Cour grand-ducale, will succeed Pierre Gramegna as finance minister from the start of next year, after the announcement of his surprise resignation on November 30th.

The chairwoman of the DP (Democratic Party), Minister Corine Cahen, announced on December 3th the nomination of Yuriko Backes, who is expected to join the party soon.

The 50-year-old, who is not an elected politician, is a career diplomat. She was a diplomatic advisor and sherpa to Prime Ministers Jean-Claude Juncker and Xavier Bettel and was Luxembourg's head of the representation of the European Commission for four years before joining the Grand Ducal Household in 2020.

She previously worked as counsellor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as permanent representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations in New York and deputy chief of mission for the Luxembourg Embassy in Japan.

Yuriko Backes holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

"She has the ideal profile to represent Luxembourg on the European and international level", said PD President Corinne Cahen, quoted by Le Quotidien.

"Yuriko Backes is a loyal servant of the state who has never been in a position to do anything. Given her experience as a diplomat and her knowledge of the workings of the state and the EU, she will be able to defend Luxembourg's steak in Brussels and elsewhere," added Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

"I am not from the finance sector," Backes said, quoted by Luxembourg Times. "I didn't grow up in the finance sector. But I will commit myself to this task".

(photo : Yuriko Backes LinkedIn account)

Publié le 06 décembre 2021