Paul Magnette

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Paul Magnette
Paul Magnette 2012.jpg
Minister-President of Wallonia
In office
22 July 2014 – 28 July 2017
Preceded byRudy Demotte
Succeeded byWilly Borsus
Personal details
Born (1971-06-28) 28 June 1971 (age 47)
Leuven, Belgium
Political partySocialist Party
ResidenceElysette, Namur
Alma materUniversité libre de Bruxelles

Paul Magnette (born 28 June 1971 in Leuven) is a Belgian politician for the PS, the current mayor of Charleroi and former political science professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He was Minister-President of the French-speaking region of Wallonia from 2014 to 2017.


He studied political sciences at the ULB, and obtained a PhD in 1999 with a dissertation Citoyenneté et construction européenne. His research interest is on institutional policies, the European Union, and theories of democracy. In 2000, together with Eric Remacle, he was awarded the Exceptional Francqui Prize for European Research.[1][2]

On 20 July 2007, Magnette became minister for Health, Social Action and Equal Opportunity of the Walloon government. On 21 December 2007 Magnette became minister for Climate and Energy in the Verhofstadt III federal government. He held the post in the Leterme I Government[3] and held the same post of minister for Climate and Energy in the Van Rompuy I Government, which took office on 30 December 2008, and in the Leterme II Government (25 November 2009 to on 5 December 2011). In the Di Rupo Government, which took office on 6 December 2011, Magnette was Minister for Public Enterprises, Scientific Policy and Development Cooperation until 17 January 2013, when he formally resigned to become mayor of Charleroi and Chairman of the PS.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fondation Francqui - Les Colloques Internationaux".
  2. ^ "Fondation Francqui - Les Colloques Internationaux".
  3. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (PDF) (in Dutch and French). The Belgian Official Journal. 2008-03-21. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  4. ^ "Belga Image".
  5. ^ "#BELDK2017". Flickr.
  6. ^ "Belga Image - Editorial".

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Thierry Giet
Leader of the Socialist Party
Political offices
Preceded by
Rudy Demotte
Minister-President of Wallonia
Succeeded by
Willy Borsus
Preceded by
Rudy Demotte
Foreign Minister of Wallonia
22 July 2014-present