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|Leader of the Socialist Party Differently|
18 September 2011 – June 2015
|Preceded by||Caroline Gennez|
|Succeeded by||John Crombez|
|Member of the Chamber of Representatives|
|Minister for the Environment and Pensions|
19 July 2004 – 21 December 2007
|Preceded by||Freya Van den Bossche (Environment)
Frank Vandenbroucke (Pensions)
|Succeeded by||Paul Magnette (Environment)
Christian Dupont (Pensions)
|Member of the Flemish Parliament|
1995 – 2004
22 August 1969 |
|Political party||Socialist Party Differently|
|Alma mater||University of Brussels (VUB)
University of Ghent
Bruno Tobback (born 22 August 1969) was the president of the Flemish socialist party Different Socialist Party (SP.A) from 2011 to 2015. He was Minister of Environment and Pensions in the Belgian federal government from 2004 until 2007. He is the son of former minister and current Mayor of Leuven Louis Tobback. He is a Licentiate in Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1992) and a Licentiate in Social and Economic Law (UGent, 1994). He was a member of the Flemish Parliament from 1995 to 2004.
He has a Master's Degree in Law (VUB, 1992) and a Master's Degree Social and Economic Law.
He was the leader of the SP.a group in the Flemish Parliament. He was responsible for environment, conservation of nature and mobility.
On 18 September 2008, he was badly injured after a fall during mountain climbing in Austria, after which he was taken to hospital with several cracks in the skull and multiple fractures. His girlfriend Vicky Willems managed to encounter his fall, as they were linked to each other with a cord.
On 2 July 2009, he followed Peter Vanvelthoven, who was the new leader of the sp.a group in the Flemish Parliament, as the group leader of sp.a in the federal Chamber of Representatives.
2011, he was a candidate to follow Caroline Gennez as the president of sp.a. Being the only candidate, he was elected on 18 September 2011 in Nieuwpoort at a congress, with 96,6% of all votes. In the June 2015 leadership election, following the party's poor results in the 2014 general elections, he was defeated by John Crombez.
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