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|Minister-President of Brussels|
19 July 2004 – 7 May 2013
|Preceded by||Jacques Simonet|
|Succeeded by||Rudi Vervoort|
12 July 1989 – 15 July 1999
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Jacques Simonet|
1 November 1948 |
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||Catholic University of Louvain|
After obtaining a master's degree in economics at the Institut d'administration et de gestion at the Louvain School of Management (University of Louvain), he made his first steps in politics in the Brussels municipality of Saint-Gilles, where he has been mayor since 1985.
Deeply concerned by urban issues in general and Brussels urban issues in particular, he has devoted a large part of his political activity to promoting and defending Brussels' role and rights as a full region – at par with the two other regions of Belgium – within the institutional framework of the Belgian state.
When the government of the Brussels-Capital Region was established in 1989, he became his first Minister-President with two mandates that lasted until 1999. In July 2004, he was reappointed to the same position.
In 1999, he was appointed Special Rapporteur for the Federal Government on Policies in support of Major Cities. During his mandate as Minister of the Economy and Scientific Research – from 2000 to 2003 – he maintained this responsibility, and played a key role in introducing measures to support Belgium's large cities in coping with the specific problems typical of major urban agglomerations.
During his leadership of the Brussels-Capital Region, he has pushed strongly for urban regeneration and social cohesiveness, with a strong emphasis on the areas of the Brussels Region which face the most serious problems.
In 2007, he launched another important project, an International Development Plan for Brussels, or IDP. The initiative involves the complete renewal of ten major sites within the city, and aims to strengthen the role of Brussels as the capital of Europe and as a major European city with a strong international vocation.
In the current negotiations on institutional reform, his main priority is to defend Brussels' status as a full region, to emphasize the fundamental importance of the Brussels economy for Belgium and for the other two regions, and to promote its natural role – as Belgium's only bilingual Region – in improving ties and cohesion between the country's French and Dutch-speaking communities.
- 1983–1985: Member of the Saint-Gilles municipal Council, with responsibility for Town Planning
- 1985–: Mayor of Saint-Gilles
- 1985–1987: Member of the Provincial Council of Brabant
- 1988–1990: Member of Parliament, Chambre des députés
- 1988–89: Minister of the French-speaking Community, with responsibility for Social Affairs and Health
- 1989–95: Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, with responsibility for Town Planning, Local Authorities, Employment and Urban Regeneration
- 1995–1999: Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, with responsibility for Local Authorities, Employment, Monuments and Protected Buildings
- 1995–1999: Minister of the French-speaking Community, with responsibility for Cultural Affairs
- 1999–2000: Member of Parliament, Chambre des députés
- 1999–2000: Special Rapporteur for the Federal Government on Policies in support of Major Cities
- 2000–2003: Minister of the Economy and Scientific Research of the Federal Government, with responsibility for Policies in support of Major Cities
- May 2003: Member of Parliament, Chambre des députés
- July 2004-May 2013 : Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, with responsibility for Urban Planning, Local Authorities, Monuments and Protected Buildings, Urban Regeneration, Housing, Refuse Disposal and Resource Recovery, and Foreign Trade
- (French) Charles Picqué's website
- (English) Brussels-Capital Region's official website
- (English) Brussels Studies
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