Jacques Delors (born in 1925) was a French socialist politician, finance minister 1981-1984.
As president of the European Commission from 1984 he has overseen significant budgetary reform and the move towards a free European Community market in 1992, with increased powers residing in Brussels.
Delors, the son of a Paris banker, worked as social-affairs adviser to Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas 1969-1972 before joining the Socialist Party in 1973.
He served as minister of economy and finance (and, later, budget) in the administration of President Mitterrand 1981-1984, overseeing an austerity programme ('rigueur') from June 1982. Having been passed over for the post of prime minister, Delors left to become president of the European Commission.
Why is Jacques Delors famous/
Jacques Delors the eighth President of the European Commission.