Joelle Milquet

Joëlle Milquet
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
6 December 2011
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo
Preceded by Annemie Turtelboom
Personal details
Born (1961-02-17) 17 February 1961 (age 53)
Montignies-sur-Sambre, Belgium
Political party Humanist Democratic Centre
Alma mater Catholic University of Louvain
University of Amsterdam

Joëlle F.G.M. Milquet (French: [jɔ.ɛl mil.kɛ] ; born 17 February 1961 in Montignies-sur-Sambre, Charleroi) is a Belgian politician from the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH).


She studied classics at the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Andrew in Charleroi, before going on to graduate in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 1984. In 1985, she took a post-graduate diploma in European law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA).


She started her career at the Bar in Brussels. From 1995 to 1999 she was a delegate to the Belgian Senate. She has been the president of the CDH party since, and played a prominent role in the 2007-2008 formation negotiations for the Leterme I Government.[1] During the government formation negotiations she was given the nickname "Madame Non" (Mrs No) by the Flemish media for her fierce resistance against the constitutional reform that would give more autonomy to the different communities of Belgium.[2]

She was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities in the Leterme I Government, which took office on 20 March 2008.

When the Leterme I government failed, Joëlle Milquet retained her seat on the Van Rompuy I Government, then on the Leterme II Government.

As of 2012, she is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and for Equalities. [3]


External links

  • Joëlle Milquet Official website
  • (French) Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) web site
Political offices
Preceded by
Annemie Turtelboom
Minister of the Interior
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