Member of the Committee for Economic & Monetary Affairs, European Parliament
Burkhard Balz joined the German centre-right Christian-Democratic Union
(CDU) in 1989. He was elected Member of the European Parliament in
June 2009 and re-elected for a second term in May 2014, representing the
CDU in the largest political group of the European Parliament, the European
People's Party (EPP). In the present legislative term Burkhard Balz became
Member of the EPP Group Bureau.
Since 2009 he has been a full Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. After serving as EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Committee for five years, he was appointed EPP Coordinator in July 2014. In this capacity he acts as the spokesperson for economic and financial services, economic governance and monetary policies as well as on the European framework for competition law and tax policies. In addition to his work on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Burkhard Balz has been a substitute Member of the Committee on Budgets since 2012. He is also a full Member in the newly established Committee on Inquiry on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion.
Burkhard Balz is very much engaged in the European Parliament's external relations with Asia. Since 2009 he has been a Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In November 2014, he accepted to chair the Hong Kong Friendship Group in the European Parliament.
His successful career in banking equipped Balz with an in-depth knowledge of the European and global financial markets. Before joining the European Parliament, Burkhard Balz completed a bank apprenticeship and managed the relations with institutional clients, most recently as Vice-President for the Commerzbank AG Hanover branch. Burkhard Balz successfully completed his studies in law at the University of Göttingen.
This year the Santander International Banking Conference is bringing together representatives from the most relevant public and private institutions who will take part in different keynotes, conversations and panels throughout the day.