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About me as a small boy
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My short CV 2012
Niels Jørgen Thøgersen

Born:    22nd January, 1945 in Grynderup, Himmerland, Denmark
Education:    1970, Political Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark
Studies at universities in the U.S., Germany and the U.K.

Special fields:

Activities:       Now:    Communications 2.0; Media; European affairs; East European and Soviet affairs; international organisations

    Honorary Director-General in the European Commission.

Vice-President of the “Club of Venice” (informal club of all directors of communication in the governments of the 27 EU member states,  the EU candidate countries and of the EU institutions)

Goodwill Ambassador for Copenhagen (;

Independent Advisor in European affairs;citizens rights, interactive communication, networking 2.0, communication training, media, democracy and climate change

Owner of the communication company:
CON AMORE – Communications 2.0”  

Board member of the “Vallekilde Communications College” (


Director of communications in the European Commission

Director of the EU Office in Copenhagen ( for Denmark and the other Nordic countries )

1970-73    Assistant Professor in European Studies at the "Aarhus School of Business Administration and Modern Languages", Denmark

Languages:    Danish and other Scandinavian languages, English, French, German
Organisations:    No party political affiliations
Memberships:    Club of Venice

Goodwill Ambassador for Copenhagen

Danes Worldwide;

DABGO  ( Danes Abroad Business Group Online )  

Private hobbies:    Politics; History; European Affairs; Citizens Rights; Cleantech issues; Modern Communication; COMMUNICATIONS 2.0;Media; Genealogy; Music; Travels;

Address:    35, avenue de l’Europe
B-1330 Rixensart, Belgium
Tel. 00322 652 0812 (Belgium)
Tel. 0045 5965 0046 (Denmark) - summer
Mobile :  0032 474 747 040  (Belgium)
Mobile:   0045 2131 9844 (Denmark)  - summer
e-mail :   
SKYPE:  kimbrer

February 07, 2012      

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Niels Jørgen Thøgersen




22nd January, 1945 in Grynderup, Himmerland, Denmark


1970, Political Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark

Studies at universities in the U.S., Germany and the U.K.


Special fields:

Communication; Media; European affairs; East European and Soviet affairs; international organisations




Teacher of Social Sciences in Herning, Denmark.


Assistant Professor in European Studies at the "Aarhus School of Business Administration and Modern Languages", Denmark



Campaign leader in the referendum for Danish entry into the EC


Head of the Copenhagen Office of the European Commission responsible for Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland

Developing the Office; creating communication instruments such as special campaigns, Team Europe, Relays, school activities, etc ongoing campaigns such as the campaign for The Single Act in 1986,etc.


September 1988

Director of Information in the European Commission, Brussels

Responsible for the Offices in the Member States and for information outside the EU

Reform of the Information Offices


March 1994

Director of Communication, European Commission, Brussels

Creating the Commission's Internet Site EUROPA; Intranet site EUROPAplus; TV agency "Europe by Satellite"; relays "Info Point Europe"

Also responsible for the EU's relations with Sports organisations


August 1997

Director of Communication, European Commission, Brussels

Also responsible for EU participation in EXPO 98 in Lisbon and in EXPO 2000 in Hanover


March 2000

Responsible for "Dialogue on Europe" - a political debate across frontiers on the future of Europe, especially related to the IGC, enlargement, etc.


February 2001

Responsible for the European Commission's participation in "The Future of Europe" operation (large scale debates, Web Portal, etc.)

Also responsible for part of the "European Governance" activity


April 2001

Director of Communications, Media and Services, European Commission, Brussels

March 2005 -

Independent Advisor in interactive communication, media, democracy, and European affairs.


Owner of the communication company:

CON AMORE – Communicating to the Heart”


Honorary director-general in the European Commission.


Vice-President of the “Club of Venice” (informal club of all directors of communication in the governments of the 27 EU member states)


Founding member of “The European Communications Academy” (;


Goodwill Ambassador for Copenhagen (;


Founding Member of the BONN NETWORK  


Board member of the “Vallekilde Communications College” (



Danish and other Scandinavian languages, English, French, German


"Yes or No to the EC?" (Danish) 1971

"The European Community: Alphabetical Dictionary" (Danish) 1974

"Politics Today" (Danish) 1978 and 1986

"700 Words about the Community" (Danish) 1987

Numerous publications of articles on European affairs and on communication



No party political affiliations


“Club of Venice” (Directors of Information and Communication of the Member States of the European Union)


Goodwill Ambassador for Copenhagen


Private hobbies:

Politics; History; European Affairs; Modern Communication; Media; Genealogy; Music; Travels; Good fun


35, avenue de l’Europe

B-1330 Rixensart, Belgium

Tel. 00322 652 0812 (Belgium)

Tel. 0045 5965 0046 (Denmark)

Mobile :  0032 474 747 040  (Belgium)

Mobile:   0045 2042 0781 (Denmark)

e-mail :

SKYPE:  kimbrer



December 13, 2007 


About my Origin: The Cimbrians

Kimbrerne: Who are we?


Who were they? Who are we?

“Kimbrer” is what I am. Or “Cimbrian” in English.What is that? Where did they come from? And where are they/we now? Listen:

A “Cymbrian” belongs to a very brave and energetic tribe in the north of Denmark. From the part of Jutland called Himmerland – or rather “Kimbrerland”.Our first appearance are traced back to several centuries before year 0. While the Romans grew stronger in the south of Europe we Cimbriansgrew bigger and stronger up north. Our symbol was – and is – a BULL. A strong one!

One sunny day – about 105 B.C. – our chief Cimbrian declared: “Let’s conquer Rome!!” Off we went – thousands of us. Heading south. With men, warriors, women, children, animals, equipment – and a strong will. A colourful crowd, which got bigger and stronger and more determined as we approached the Romans. One Roman Legion after the other was beaten up and destroyed. In the Gallic area (now France), in the south of Germany and Austria. The Roman Empire was in panic! Also when they saw our Cimbrian warriors use their shields as huge sledges down the Alps! When the Cymbrian approached Rome from the north the last Roman legion under the command of Marius did nothing. It let the thousands and thousands of Cimbrians pass. And the Romans were especially uneasy, when the Cimbrian worriors shouted at the passive Roman soldiers: “We will say hello to your wives in Rome, when we get there”!

But victories without defeats: all of a sudden the mean Romans attack from the back – where all the women and the children were. Thousands were tortured and killed. The Cimbrians were in total panic, and on that day – 101 B.C. – the Cimbrians were totally defeated. Rome was saved.

Only a few thousand Cimbrians managed to escape. Up north into the Dolomites! And they are still there – or rather their descendants! About 70.000 of them – with fair hair, blue eyes and a language which certainly has direct links back to the language of the Cimbrians at the time. The place – about 50 km north of Verona – is called Ljetzan (or Giazza in Italian).I visited Ljetzan in April 2004. A beautiful place in a beautiful nature. And with a very nice CimbriMuseum – telling this story.

Have a look at this

Living history. Visit Himmerland ( ) -andLjetzan!

PS: A thousand years later many of the strongest VIKINGS sailed from Himmerland to conquer England and Normady.The descendants of the Cimbrians!


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My "non-business card"

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ex-Business School teacher

ex-Owner of travel agency

ex-Head of EU’s office in Denmark

ex-Director of Communications in the Commission

Now a FREEman - with an appetite for new exciting challenges

And certainly available for social functions

Niels Jørgen Thøgersen

35 Avenue de l'Europe, B-1330 Rixensart, Belgium

My Interview in EU Staff Paper 2005

My interview in the Commission's staff paper

Niels Jorgen Thøgersen

How long have you been in the House?

For almost thirty two years…

So your entire professional life has been spent working for the EU.

No, I was teaching political science at a Business school in Denmark before. I became head of the Commission’s office in Copenhagen. I started two months after Denmark joined and I was completely alone in the office at first I didn’t get paid for the first four months and also had to buy my own stamps and envelopes— pioneer times!

I stayed in that role for 15 years and came to Brussels in 1988 as a Director in what was then DG X, responsible for the Commission’s Offices in the Member States.

From all these years in the Commission, what are you most proud of?

I am particularly proud of two things, none of which we could have achieved without some great colleagues and teamwork. First, our new Media Monitoring Service (EMM) which makes it possible for all Commission officials to follow the news in more than 600 media in 20 languages, updated every 10 minutes around the


It’s a service we have developed with the fantastic colleagues in the JRC in ISPRA and it’s an extremely powerful tool. I’m sure it’s the world’s best media monitoring system and those to who we have shown it, including the BBC, are hugely impressed.

The other is our service to the citizens, EUROPE DIRECT. Any citizen in any Member State from Malta to Estonia can dial 0800 6 7 8 9 1 0 11 and speak to someone in their own language, for free and ask any question about the EU.

How many people use this service?

We have between 9,000 and 10,000 phone calls and emails a month. That will definitely go up as we’re promoting EUROPE DIRECT heavily and as citizens realise that “the EU is never any further away than the nearest telephone” We’re so proud of it, and I think it‘s the only Commission service which works in 20 languages..

Imagine that President Barroso has decided that he needs a break and puts you in charge of the Commission for a day; what do you change?

I believe that communication needs to be much more recognised in this house, not just by politicians but by everyone. Some may think that DG PRESS alone is responsible for communication, but that’s actually not the main story. Everyone is important. We come into contact with thousands of people outside each day and can influence their views positively, but also negatively, if someone here in the house doesn’t answer a letter, makes a late payment or is not very nice on the telephone or in a meeting. I think we need everyone to feel a much greater responsibility for communication to the outside world.

But people are already doing a million things in their daily jobs, do they have the time to also communicate?

As well as doing their job, I think it is part of everyone’s job to explain what they are doing. The public pays our salaries and for the running of this place and, in my view, everyone has the duty to tell and to be available to the outside public. I know people are very busy and that in some areas we are very understaffed; but, what does it help if the world out there doesn’t know that!

So how can we make the situation change?

Firstly, management throughout the house has to understand the importance of the need to communicate. Secondly, I believe that to communicate should be part of everyone’s training. It doesn’t have to be specialised training, just a module on how to communicate with the outside world.

For you, what was the turning point in the Commission’s communications strategy?

The moment we got really active on the internet. EUROPA was a major qualitative leap forward which made us reach out to many more people. Now, everybody out there who was a little bit interested in Europe knew that they didn’t have to write to some odd place or visit alibrary to get information.

We launched the EUROPA site in 1995 — exactly 10 years ago this month — and at the time we were thrilled when we got 100,000 hits a month. What irritated us was that we were number two in the world while the Playboy website had double the hits we were getting! We quickly beat Playboy and now we’re at billions

of hits a month and EUROPA is the biggest internet server in the world.

We also launched Europe by Satellite in 195 which was also a major step forward. We rented a satellite transponder which meant that all our press conferences, briefings and other press footage could be seen all over Europe, and broadcast free of charge. A journalist in Napoli can follow a press conference as well as if he were in Brussels.

Enough of the positive, what are you least proud of or, with hindsight, what do you most regret?

I regret that we still haven’t managed to communicate the European project in such a way that most — if not all — of our 450 million citizens see it as very important for them and their daily life. The EU has brought and continues to bring so many concrete benefits to each of us. But most people take these benefits for granted and don’t realise that they to a large extent come from the EU. We MUST get that right - and in close cooperation with the governments in the member states. They have the same interest as us in making people understand Europe. But so far they haven’t done much.......

I know that this is what Vice-President Wallström and her colleagues are planning as an essential part of our new communication strategy. And that is great. We have all the modern instruments to back it up.

But this communications strategy is due to be launched in May, after your retirement. Won’t you regret not being there at the great moment?

Everything comes to an end and therefore, positively, it’s great to leave at a time when there is a Vice-President who really is fighting for the ideas which I absolutely believe in. I don’t know what the final strategy will be, but I’m convinced that this will be a major step forward.

I will love to be out there in my active freedom to observe it and see the Commission take a qualitative leap into a much better way of communicating with real political power and support behind it.

What do you plan to do in your retirement?

I will be staying in Brussels, because Brussels is home after 17 years. I will be relaxing, reading, writing family stories, taking time to enjoy life as it comes. I hope to continue to be not only interested in Europe but to fight for Europe. I might have more time to go and dialogue with real people and to maybe send some ideas to good friends… just as long as I’m not responsible for implementing these ideas!

My wife and I also enjoy travelling so right after 1st March I’m off to the Caribbean for a cruise, just to make a total change in speed.

And you are sure you won’t be dropping in on the EUROPA website during this cruise?

I think there’s internet on the boat! But I have promised my people here that I won’t bombard them with emails!

 Claire Hewitt