Party affiliation: Socialist Party - Flemish Wing
National Vice-President, Socialist Youth, 1973. National President, Socialist Youth, 1974-1977. Member of SP Exec; SP Deputy, since 1981.
Chief Administrator, Coordinating Pres, for Justice Commissions, SEVI. Secretary of State for National Education. May 1988 until October 1988.
Minister for Home Affairs and Civil Service (Flemish Community), 1988-1992. Minister of Education and Civil Service (Flemish Community), since 1992. Barrister, Ghent, since 1970.
Temporary Lecturer of Constitutional Law, Higher Stale Institute of Translators and Interpreters, 1972-1973. Temporary Lecturer, Governmental Institute for Promotion of Theatre and Culture, 1972-1973. Lecturer, H1PP 1972-1974.
Lecturer of Social Legislation, HSTL, Deinze, 1972-1974. Lecturer in Computer Science, Higher Institute, Province of Antwerp, 1980-1982.