HE Elio DI RUPO

MINISTER-PRESIDENT OF WALLONIA

Born in Morlanwelz, Belgium on July 18th, 1951 

Government positions

  • Minister-President of Wallonia since 13 September 2019
  • Prime Minister of Belgium (2011-2014)
  • Minister-President of Wallonia (2005-2007)
  • Minister-President of Wallonia (1999-2000)
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Telecommunication and Foreign Trade (1995-1999)
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communication and Public Enterprises (1994-
  • Minister of Education (1991-1994)

Political activities

  • Leader of the Socialist Party (1999-2019)
  • Municipal councilor of Mons since 1982
  • Mayor of Mons (2000-2018)
  • Member of the European Parliament (1989-1991)
  • Deputy Mayor of Mons (1986-1987)
  • Inspector General of the Energy (1985-1988)
  • Deputy Chief of Staff of the Walloon Minister for the Budget and Energy (1982-1985)

Education and Training

  • Doctor in sciences (1978)
  • Bachelor in Chemical Sciences at the University of Mons (1975)

Academical functions

  • Senior lecturer at the University of Mons – European institutions (1989-2006)
  • Director of research at the University of Mons (1982)
  • Lecture-Member of staff at the University of Leeds (1977-1978)
  • Research scientist at the University of Mons (1975-1977)

Titles

  • Doctor Honoris Cause at the University of Teramo and the University of Messina
  • Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  • Commander of the Leopold Order
  • Grand Cross of the Leopold II Order