Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck

Country: Belgium


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Biography of Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck

Annemie Neyts supports the notion of a ’fifth freedom’ - the free movement of knowledge, including greater mobility for students, academics and researchers - between member states, so as to encourage inventions and discoveries. Het vrij verkeer van mensen, diensten, goederen en kapitaal is een basisbeginsel van de Europese Unie. Ik wil er een vijfde vrijheid aan toevoegen: het vrij verkeer van kennis. Zowel binnen de Unie als met derde landen. Uitwisseling van studenten, academici en onderzoekers en eenvoudigere visaverlening zullen onderzoek en wetenschap bevorderen. Jonge mensen moeten ook voor hun 18verjaardag de kans krijgen kennis te maken met hun Europese hoofdstad: Brussel.   Degree in Romance philology, Free University of Brussels, VUB (1967). Graduate teaching qualification for secondary education, VUB (1967). Degree in press and communication sciences, VUB (1970). French teacher (1966-1973). Press officer to the Justice Minister Herman Vanderpoorten (1973-1975). Deputy principal private secretary to the Deputy Governor of Brabant (1975-1981). Bureau member of the PVV, VLD, Open VLD parties (1981-); Vice-chair and Chair of PVV Women (-1982); Chair of the PVV (1985-1989); Vice-Chair of the VLD (1993-1997). President of the ELDR Party (predecessor of the ALDE Party) between 2005-2011. Treasurer, Liberal International (1989-1996); acting Chair, Liberal International (1996-1999); Chair, Liberal International (1999-2005). Member of Brussels City Council (1982-1989). Member of Brussels Capital Council (1989-1994). Member of the Flemish Parliament (1989-1994). Brussels Minister for Finance, the Budget and External Relations (1999-2000). Member of the Federal Parliament (1981-1994); Member of the Federal Parliament (2003-2004). Secretary of State in the Federal Government with responsibility for Greater Brussels (1981-1985). Secretary of State for European Affairs (2000-2001). Federal Minister with responsibility for European Affairs, International Trade and Agriculture (2001-2003). Member of the European Parliament (1994-1999); Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009). Second Vice-Chair of the ELDR Group (1994-1998); First Vice-Chair of the ELDR Group (1998-1999); member of the board of the European Liberal Forum (ELF)(since 2008). Member of board of International Peace Information Service (IPIS) (2008-). Chair of the governing board of the Overseas Trade Agency (2003-). Co-chair of the Federal Intercultural Dialogue Commission. Former Chair of the Beursschouwburg, currently a member of the General Assembly. Former Chair of the Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, member of the board (2003-2005). Member of the board of IES - Institute for European Studies, VUB (since 2009). Member of governing board of the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations (since 2009). Officer and Commander of the Order of Leopold; Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France); Grand Master of the National Order of the Lion (Senegal); awarded the 'Feuille de Laurier d'Or' (Bulgaria); Medal of the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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