Party affiliation: Christian Social Party
Mayor of Kobbegem, 1959-1976. Member of Parliament for Brussels-Hal-Vilvorde, since 1968. Member of European Parliament, 1974-1981.
Secretary of State for European Affairs and Agriculture, 198192. President, Council of Ministers of Agriculture, European Community, January 1982 until June 1982, during which time he had the Council of Ministers adopt Agricultural prices and accompanying measures with a qualified majority for the first time in the history of the European Community. Vice-President General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Ministerial Conference, Geneva, 1982.
President European Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fishery and of the Internal Market Council, Jan.-Jun. 1987; member Ministerial Committees for Economic and Social Co-ordination, Foreign Affairs, Science and the Environment. Head of Belgian delegation at the European Community Council of Ministers of Agriculture, council of Ministers of Fishery and Council of Ministers responsible for the Internal Market.
Member of Pari., member of Parliamentary Committees for Agriculture, Institutional Reform and Foreign and European Affairs, since 1992. President, Board, CBB Ltd. (Fed. of Belgian Breweries).
Member of Board, INTERBREW Ltd. Member of Board, TRAC-TEBEL. Adviser, Société Générale Ltd.
Member of board, Vamo Mills Ltd. Member of board, Kredietbank. Member of board, SFDW Ltd.
(Soc. and Fiscal Services for Employers). Pres, of board, VOLT Ltd. (Assn, for Agricultural Development).