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Yuriko Backes

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Function/Position
Minister of Finance
Country
Date of appointment

Yuriko Backes was appointed as Luxembourg’s Finance Minister in January 2022. Her professional experience includes working at the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union (2001-2006), deputy head of mission at the Luxembourg Embassy in Japan (2006-2008) and as deputy head of the Directorate for International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg (2008-2010). 

From 2010 to 2016, Ms Backes was the diplomatic adviser to Luxembourg Prime Ministers Jean-Claude Juncker and Xavier Bettel. She was the representative of the European Commission in Luxembourg from 2016 to 2020. From June 2020 until her appointment to the government, she served as marshal of the Grand-Ducal Court.

Ms Backes obtained a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1992. She then attended the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she successfully completed a master’s degree in Japanese studies in 1993. Ms Backes obtained a second master’s degree in European political and administrative studies from the College of Europe in Bruges in 1994.