mayor of charleroi, belgium & (former) minister-president of wallonia, belgium
Paul Magnette is a Belgian politician for the PS, the current mayor of Charleroi and former political science professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He was Minister-President of the French-speaking region of Wallonia from 2014 to 2017.
He studied political sciences at the ULB, and obtained a PhD in 1999 with a dissertation Citoyenneté et construction européenne. His research interest is on institutional policies, the European Union, and theories of democracy. In 2000, he was awarded the Exceptional Francqui Prize for European Research. In July 2007, Magnette became minister for Health, Social Action and Equal Opportunity of the Walloon government. In December 2007 Magnette became minister for Climate and Energy in the Verhofstadt III federal government. He held the post in the Leterme I Government and held the same post of minister for Climate and Energy in the Van Rompuy I Government, which took office on 30 December 2008, and in the Leterme II Government. In the Di Rupo Government, which took office in December 2011, Magnette was Minister for Public Enterprises, Scientific Policy and Development Cooperation until January 2013, when he formally resigned to become mayor of Charleroi and Chairman of the PS.
Belgium : Commandor of the Order of Leopold, Royal decree of 2010.
Denmark: Knight Grand cross in the Order of the Dannebrog.
Japan : Imperial Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd Class. Imperial Decree of 2016.