Hans-Joachim WILMS, Germany, Workers group (II)
Hans Joachim Wilms was born in Ratzeburg, Schleswig-Holstein, on 31 May 1955.
He studied at Hamburg University of Politics and Economics from 1979 to 1982, graduating with a degree in business administration.
He has been active in the trade union movement since the 1970s.
In January 1996, he was appointed to the federal executive of the German Trade Union for Construction, Agriculture and the Environment (IG BAU), with responsibility for the Environment and Europe.
He was elected deputy federal president of the IG BAU in 1999 and re-elected in October 2005, with responsibility for agriculture, environment, Europe and finance.
Mr Wilms has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee since 1994. In his years with the Committee, he has been rapporteur for more than twenty opinions, and from 2008 to 2010 he was president of the NAT (Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment) section. Since November 2010, he has been president of the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory.
In June 2012, he was part of the Committee's delegation to the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).