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Lecture by Minister Guy Vanhengel

iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel warmly invites you to the opening lecture of Stoemp, a monthly informal lunch lecture on Brussels. Brussels' politician Guy Vanhengel will discuss whether Brussels is ready for its future challenges. Challenges that include the rapid population growth, mobility issues,  the employment paradox, Europe, the multicultural society; etc. Furthermore, he will look at the economic and political importance of the city. Brussels is, again, the center of attention...

This lecture is organised in collaboration with IRIB (Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur Bruxelles (fusl)), UAB Urban Studies Network (Stadsplatform) and Brussels Studies Institute.  

Guy Vanhengel is Brussels Minister of Finance and Budget, Executive Chairman of the VGC where he is responsible for the Dutch education. "" is his slogan. He talks freely and has a heart for Brussels. His atypical political carrier started after his army service (1981–1982) while working as a spokesperson of the then secretary of state Annemie Neyts. A few years later, he moved on as spokesperson of Guy Verhofstadt. In 1988, Guy Vanhengel became manager of Tourism Flanders and was then sent on secondment with the cabinet of Patrick Dewael who held the office of Minister of Cultural Affairs (1988–1989). In 1995, Vanhengel began to commit himself to politics: he turned member of the Brussels Parliament, later to become minister in the Brussels government (2000) annex minister in the Flemish Community Commission (Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie) and the Common Community Commission (Gemeenschappelijke Gemeenschapscommissie). In July 2009, Vanhengel became Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Budget in de Federal Belgian Government. In June 2010, he turned member of the Federal Parliament. Guy Vanhengel is the only minister that has taken part in three Belgian governments.
Vanhengel specializes in education, everything that has to do with money and state reform. He categorizes himself as a social liberal. 

Time schedule:

  • 12h15-12h30: Welcome and lunch
  • 12h30-13h30: Minister Vanhengel: 'Brussel in het middelpunt van de belangstelling' (NL)
  • 13h30 - 14h00: Debate (NL/FR)


Participation is free of charge. As seats will be limited, registration is required.

Language: English
Organization: iMinds