Pascal Smet, born July 30th 1967, Haasdonk, studies law at the University of Antwerp. Aged 17, he engaged in the political movement and soon after, he was elected as both a municipal councillor in Beveren and as a provincial councillor for East Flanders. During that period he was also president of the young socialists.
In the early 1990’s, Pascal Smet left East Flanders and moved to Brussels to be a civil servant at the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons. In 2000 Pascal became the Commissioner General for Refugees. In September 2003, he was announced as the new Brussels sp.a Secretary of State for Mobility. Following the June 2004 elections, Pascal Smet became the Minister of Mobility and Public Works in the Brussels government. Then in 2006, Pascal Smet was elected as municipal councillor for the City of Brussels and became the (detained) alderman for public works, participation and equal opportunities.
The June 2009 elections were a success for Pascal Smet and sp.a Brussels, yet they found themselves being excluded from the majority coalition in the Brussels Capital Region. As a result, sp.a Brussels joined the opposition and Pascal Smet moved over to the Flemish government to become the Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels.
In 2014, Pascal Smet was once again chosen for Brussels as the Minister for Mobility and Public Works and was enabled to make his dream come true: to foster a sustainable urban development. This implied a new way of designing public space. A bigger emphasis on public transport, more space for cyclists and pedestrians.
In 2019, Pascal Smet became Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade and Fire fighting and Emergency medical Assistance.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Hotel Okura: Grand Ballroom
Cities globally are responding to the pace of urbanisation with major urban (re)development projects that are creating or regenerating large city areas. With the challenges of technology, mobility, sustainability and social inclusion, how can public…