Véronique De Keyser

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Véronique De Keyser
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Véronique De Keyser 2014
Born (1945-03-23) 23 March 1945 (age 72)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
Occupation politician
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Véronique Marie Alice Henriette De Keyser (born 23 March 1945 in Brussels) is a Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Parti Socialiste, part of the Socialist Group and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

She majored in Psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1968) and has a doctorate in work psychology (1974). She is a substitute for the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.


  • Member of the European Parliament (since 2001)
  • Municipal councillor of Liège (since 2006)
  • Named Head of Election Observation Mission in Palestine in 2005 for the 2006 elections
  • Named Head of Election Observation Mission in Sudan in 2010 for the 2010 elections
  • Named Head of Election Observation Mission in South Sudan in 2011 for the 2011 referendum



  • 1968-1984: Researcher in psychology at the ULB and the Brussels Industrial Study and Research Centre
  • 1984: Junior lecturer at the University of Liège
  • 1988: Lecturer at the University of Liège
  • 1990-1998: Dean of the Psychology and Education Science Faculty at the University of Liège
  • Visiting lecturer at the Universities of Oporto, Moscow and Toulouse-Le Mirail
  • 1990-1994: President of the Belgian Psychology Society
  • since 1995: Administrator at the King Baudouin Foundation
  • since 1997: Member of the Employment Board
  • since 2001: Member of the European Parliament
  • since 1997: President of the European Work and Organisational Psychology Association

See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Belgium)


In the June 2009 elections, Véronique De Keyser was elected for her third mandate as member of the European Parliament, and at the same time beginning her first mandate as Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group. She is a member of the EP Committee on Development (DEVE), the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and is a substitute for the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

In 2001, Véronique De Keyser became a Member of the European Parliament, a position which followed a long international scientific career. She began her studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Psychology, where she obtained her doctorate in work psychology in 1974. She will then first be in charge of classes in the University of Liège in 1984, then Ordinary Professor in 1988 and finally dean of the Faculty of Psychology from 1990 to 1998. Her academic career - which will see her become an internationally recognised specialist in applied research in security and human reliability in risk environments as well as in ergonomics - will allow her to build bridges between a variety of scientific communities and to develop academic collaborations with the United States of America, Russia, South America and Africa. She was president of the "European Work and Organizational Psychology Association" (EAWOP), and president of the Ergonomics Society of the French Language, and is currently the director of the Excellency Center of the University of Liège on the modeling of temporal reasoning in dynamic situations. She has written over one hundred articles and many scientific works.

Throughout her scientific career, Véronique De Keyser maintained a strong political commitment in the Belgian Socialist Party. She will enter the European Parliament for her first mandate on 12 September 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City. She then became a member of the Committee on External Affairs and substitute in the Committee on Environment. She is vigorously outspoken against the American intervention in Irak, and will voice her political commitment very early on regarding issues such as the Arab world, the Middle East, human rights issues, women's rights, will go on missions regularly to Syria, Palestine, and in all the countries of Mashrek, the Middle East and the Arab Peninsula. In the end of 2005, during her second mandate, she is named Head of the Election Observation Mission in Palestine in 2005 for the 2006 elections.

During her third term as Member of the European Parliament, Véronique De Keyser continues to fight in favour of the peoples of the Southern Mediterranean on the eve of the Arab Spring. She also turns towards Africa and development policies of the EU. She will, once again, be named Head of the Election Observation Mission in Sudan in 2010 for the presidential, legislative and local elections, and once more for the South Sudan independence referendum of July 2011.

In the European Parliament, her work carried on with countries in democratic transition (Arab Spring), especially on the Middle East, Syria, Palestine, and conflict regions of Africa. She has defended democracy, peace, reinforcement of fragiles states, consolidation of progressive parties, women's rights, humanities, the fight against torture and in particular that of children, the fight against using children as soldiers, and against child sorcers.

Work psychology professor at the University of Liège and former Dean of the faculty of Psychology, municipal councilor of Liège, she has become a specialist in work conditions, stress, labour, and specifically labour of young people. She denounces, through her political action and her writings, the degrading conditions of workers and work in Europe of this past decade.

Titles and awards[edit]

  • 1986: NATO Science Award
  • 1988: Chevalier de l'Ordre de Léopold
  • 1996: Prix Santé et Entreprises
  • 1997: Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne
  • 1999: Maria Sibylla-Merian prize awarded to women scientists for their outstanding achievements mainly in the natural and technical sciences, as well as in medicine
  • 2011: Théroigne de Méricourt prize of Walloon Synergy

Recent bibliography[edit]

  • De Keyser, V., Qvale, T., Wilpert, B., & Ruiz Quintanilla, S.A (Eds)(1988) The Meaning of Work and Technology Option. Wiley & Sons
  • De Keyser, V. & Van Daele, A. (Eds)(1989). The ergonomics of conception. Editions De Boeck
  • Cellier, J.M., De Keyser, V, & Valot, C. (1996) La Gestion du temps dans les environnements dynamiques, Presses Universitaires de France
  • De Keyser, V. & Leonova, A. (2001) - Human error prevention and well being at work in Western Europe and Russia, Kluwer Publisher
  • De Keyser, V. (2002) - Human Error, Editions Labor
  • De Keyser, V. (2003) - To life and to death, Editions Labor
  • De Keyser, V. (2008) - Petits crimes sans importance. Critiques de la flexibilité au travail en Europe, Editions Luc Pire
  • Hessel, S. & De Keyser, V. (2013) - Palestine, the European betrayal, Editions Fayard
  • Thesis in psychology, 1974 - Psychological approach of workers' experience through automated systems.

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