Luc Van den Brande
Former President of the European Committee of Regions; former Minister-President of Flanders-Belgium
Prior to assuming the presidency of the Committee of the Regions of the EU in 2008, Luc Van den Brande served in many governmental and parliamentary positions in his native Belgium. He has been active as a Belgian senator, member of the Flanders Parliament and served as Minister-President of Flanders between 1992 and 1999.
Mr. Van den Brande is a strong advocate for European political participation and for the role that regions play in strengthening the economy and protecting the environment. He has been involved in a number of pan-European committees and assemblies, including the Assembly of European Regions (Vice-President, 1994-1996; President, 1996-2000), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, ("PACE", 2001- ; Vice-president, 2003-2004), and the Assembly of the Union of Western Europe (2001- ).
Luc Van den Brande earned a Doctorate of Law and License of Notary in Flanders in 1969. He is currently a Special Adviser to Commissioner Johannes Hahn.