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HE Pascal SMET

HE Pascal SMET
Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade, Firefighting and Emergency Medical Assistance

 

Pascal Smet, born July 30th 1967, Haasdonk, studies law at the University of Antwerp. Aged 17, he engages in the political movement. Soon he is elected both as a municipal councillor in Beveren and as a provincial councillor for East Flanders. During that period, he is also president of the young socialists.

In the early 1990’s, Pascal Smet leaves East Flanders and moves to Brussels. At that time he is a civil servant at the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons. In 2000 he becomes the Commissioner General for Refugees. In September 2003, he becomes the new Brussels sp.a Secretary of State for Mobility. Following the June 2004 elections, Pascal Smet becomes the Minister of Mobility and Public Works in the Brussels government. In 2006, Pascal Smet is elected municipal councillor for the City of Brussels and he becomes the (detained) alderman for public works, participation and equal opportunities.

The June 2009 elections are a success for Pascal Smet and sp.a Brussels, yet they find themselves being excluded from the majority coalition in the Brussels Capital Region. As a result, sp.a Brussels joins the opposition and Pascal Smet moves over to the Flemish government to become the Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels.

In 2014, Pascal Smet once again chooses for Brussels. As the Minister for Mobility and Public Works he can make his dream come true: to foster a sustainable urban development. This implies a new way of designing public space. A bigger emphasis on public transport, more space for cyclists and pedestrians.

In 2019, Pascal Smet becomes Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade and Fire fighting and Emergency medical Assistance.