Hans-Gert Pöttering is the Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the only Member of the European Parliament who has continuously served since the first European elections in 1979. From 1999 to 2007, he served as the Chairman of the EPP-ED Group, and from 2007 to 2009 as the President of
the European Parliament. Among many European honours Hans-Gert Pöttering has received the Grand Cross with Star and Shoulder Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and is Commander of the Légion d‘Honneur.
Hans-Gert Pöttering is a member of the Executive Board