Luc Van den Brande

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Luc Van den Brande
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Minister-President of Flanders
In office
21 January 1992 – 13 July 1999
Preceded by Gaston Geens
Succeeded by Patrick Dewael
Personal details
Born (1945-10-13) 13 October 1945 (age 68)
Mechelen, Belgium
Political party Christian Democratic and Flemish
Alma mater Catholic University of Leuven

Luc Van den Brande (Mechelen, 13 October 1945) is a Flemish politician, member of the CD&V and was Minister-president of Flanders from 21 January 1992 until 13 July 1999. He took the initiative to create the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). On 6 February 2008 he became President of the European Union's Committee of the Regions for a period of two years.

Studies[edit]

  • Doctor in Law (KUL) (1969)
  • Licence of Notary (KUL) (1969)
  • Lawyer, Mechelen Bar (1970–1988)

Political career[edit]

Parliamentarian mandates[edit]

  • Member of the Belgian House of Representatives for the district of Mechelen (1977–1991)
  • Leader of the Christian Democratic group CVP (1985–1988)
  • Member of the Council of Culture and the Flemish Council (12 May 1977 – 21 May 1995)
  • Senator for the district of Mechelen-Turnhout (1991–1995)
  • Member of the Flemish Parliament for Mechelen-Turnhout (13 June 1995 – 4 July 1995) (16 July 1999–)
  • President of the Commission for Foreign and European Affairs (1999–2004)
  • Member of the Flemish Parliament for the province of Antwerp since June 2004
  • Community Senator (13 October 1999–)
  • Member of the Federal advisory Committee on European Affairs

Governmental functions[edit]

  • Federal Minister of Employment and Labour (9 May 1988 – 21 January 1992)
  • President of the Government of Flanders and Minister for Economic Affairs, Small and Medium-Sized Business, Science Policy, Energy and Foreign Relations (21 January 1992 – 30 January 1992)
  • Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Minister for Economic Affairs, Small and Medium-Sized Business, Science Policy, Energy and Foreign Relations (30 January 1992 – 20 June 1995)
  • Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, Minister for Foreign Policy, European Affairs, Science and Technology (20 June 1995 – 13 July 1999)

European mandates and responsibilities[edit]

  • Member of the Bureau of the Assembly of European Regions (1992–1994)
  • Vice-president (1994–1996) and president (1996–2000) of the Assembly of European Regions
  • Member of the Committee of the Regions (since 1994)
  • Vice-president of the Committee of the Regions (1994–1998) (2000–2002) – Head of the Belgian delegation (2002–2006)
  • First Vice-president of the Committee of the Regions (2006–2008)
  • President of the Committee of the Regions of the EU (2008–)
  • Leader of the Christian Democratic Group in the Advisory Inter-parliamentary Council of the Benelux countries (2000–2008 )

Council of Europe[edit]

  • Effective member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2001–)
  • Vice-president of the Parliamentary Assembly (2003–2004)
  • President of the Group EPP/CD in the Parliamentary Assembly (2005–) and thus also member of the Presidential Committee, the Bureau and the Standing Committee
  • Effective member of the Political Affaires Committee and the Committee on the Honouring of obligations and commitments by member states, known as the Monitoring Committee;
  • Member of various subcommittees
  • Several times rapporteur on various occasions, e.g. monitoring of Turkey and the Russian Federation
  • Leader of the observatory delegation for the legislative elections and of ad hoc committees
  • Representative of the Parliamentarian Assembly at the Committee of Ministers for the negotiations concerning the MOU between the Council and the UE
  • President of the Council for Democratic Elections of the Venice Commission

Western European Union[edit]

Other representations[edit]

  • Co-President of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM)(2010–)
  • Extraordinary Professor on Politic institutions – KU Leuven (2000–2005)
  • President Flanders Technology International
  • President Lemmens Institute
  • President International Association Anton van Wilderode

Political and social interest[edit]

  • General politics, economic, scientific and technological policies, State reforms, European and foreign policy

Controversies[edit]

Luc Van den Brande is credited for having given Flanders a new sense of confidence an awareness of its identity.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keating, Michael (2003). Culture, institutions and economic development: a study of eight European regions. Edward Elgar. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaston Geens
Minister-President of Flanders
1992–1999
Succeeded by
Patrick Dewael