- Human rights & Civil liberties
Biography of Louis Michel
Teacher of Germanic languages (1968). Visiting lecturer at the University of Liège.
President of the PRL/FDF/MCC Federation. Vice-President of the Liberal International. Vice-President of the ELDR (European Liberal Democrats).
Deputy Mayor of Jodoigne (1977-1983). Mayor of Jodoigne (1983-2004). Chairman of the Walloon Regional Council (1992).
Member of the Belgian Parliament (since 1978). Full Member of the House of Representatives (1978-1999). Directly elected Senator (1999-2003).
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister for Institutional Reform (1999-2004).
Member of the European Commission with responsibility for science and research policy (2004). Member of the European Commission with responsibility for development and humanitarian aid (2004-2009).
Member of the Benelux Interparliamentary Consultative Council.
Minister of State. Honorary Mayor of Jodoigne. Knight of the Order of Leopold; Officer of the Order of Leopold; Commander of the Order of Leopold; Civic Medal, first class; Grand Cross of the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star; Grand Cross of the Order Infante Dom Henrique; Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau; Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic; Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog; Grand Cross of the Order of Honour; Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania; Grand Officer of the Order of the Pléiade (order of French-speaking communities and cultural dialogue); Grand Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour; Grand Cordon of the Order of Merit; Stara Planina Order, first class; Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella (Dominican Republic); Honorary doctorate from Antananarivo University (Madagascar); Honorary doctorate from Gembloux University (Belgium).