He completed his studies in business economics in Aachen and Münster (1970-1975). He was a member of the academic staff at the University of Münster (economic mathematics, operations research) from 1975 to 1977. He also held various positions in the German Federal Statistical Office from 1978 to 2003. In 2003 he was appointed Vice-President of the German Federal Statistical Office, and from 2006 to 2008 he served as President of the German Federal Statistical Office and Federal Returning Officer. Mr. Radermacher is currently the Director General of Eurostat and Chief Statistician of the European Union, a position he holds since August 2008. He spent part of his career teaching assignments in statistics and environmental economics at Fachhochschule (specialised coliege of higher education) of Wiesbaden and the University of Lüne- burg (1982 to 1998).