Marie Arena

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Marie Arena
Marie Arena - Citizens’ Corner debate on European Citizens’ Initiatives- Time for ECI review? (30214109881).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency Belgium
Minister-President of the French Community
In office
19 July 2004 – 20 March 2008
Preceded by Hervé Hasquin
Succeeded by Rudy Demotte
Personal details
Born (1966-12-17) 17 December 1966 (age 51)
Mons, Belgium
Political party  Belgian
Socialist Party
Party of European Socialists

Marie Arena (born 17 December 1966) is a Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Belgium. She is a member of the Socialist Party, part of the Party of European Socialists.

Career in national politics[edit]

From 2000 to 2009, Arena held several ministerial functions in various regional and federal governments. From 2000 to 2003, she was Walloon Minister of Employment and Training. She then was Federal Minister of the Civil Service, Social Integration, Cities and Equal Opportunities in the second government of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt from 12 July 2003 to 20 July 2004. She was the Minister-President of the French Community of Belgium from July 2004 until March 2008. She then became Federal Minister for Social Integration, Pensions and Large Cities in the Leterme I Government, which took office on 20 March 2008.[1] She held that office until 17 July 2009.

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

Since the 2014 European elections, Arena has been Member of the European Parliament. In parliament, she has since been serving on the Committee on International Trade (INTA), the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. In addition to her committee assignments, she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights[2] and of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.[3]



  1. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (PDF) (in Dutch and French). The Belgian Official Journal. 21 March 2008. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  2. ^ Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights European Parliament.
  3. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  4. ^ Belgian Senate, Biography

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hervé Hasquin
Minister-President of the French Community
Succeeded by
Rudy Demotte