We are delighted to announce the arrival of former Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and high-level official, Joëlle Milquet, in the ECES family as President of our newly established Strategic & Advisory Council.

Joëlle is bringing 30 years of senior high level political experience that will be crucial to support the implementation of ECES Strategic Planning 2020-2023.
 
Joëlle Milquet is a Belgian politician who has held several governmental positions including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and for Equalities, Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities and Minister of Education and  Culture.
 
After starting her career at the European Court of Justice as referendaire and at Bar in Brussels, Joëlle Milquet became a delegate to the Belgian Senate where she worked from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, she became president of the CDH (Centre Democrate Humaniste) party, which she greatly reshaped throughout her tenure.
 
Ms. Milquet played a prominent role in the 2007-2008 formation negotiations for the Leterme I Government, and assumed the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities over the following years.
 
She was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and for Equalities in the Di Rupo Government (2011-2014) before becoming Minister of Education and Culture in the Government of the French Community in June 2014. 
 
From 2016 to 2019, she was Chair of the Security Committee of Brussels' Regional Parliament.
 

In October 2017 the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appointed Joëlle Milquet as his Special Adviser for compensation to victims of crime. Her mandate included the preparation of a report on how to improve access to compensation for victims of crime. She produced a report as the result of numerous meetings that she had with victims, victim support associations, national authorities responsible for compensation and other persons involved in victims’ rights (who assisted the Special Adviser within the informal Steering Committee), report available here.

In 2018, Ms Milquet joined the office “Philippe and Partner” where she is working as barrister.
 
Joëlle Milquet was awarded the Order of Leopold, one of the three current Belgian national honorary orders of knighthood.
 
Now a member of ECES, she coordinates the Strategic & Advisory Council, which will gathers senior international professionals to be selected by the Management Board with Joelle and that will provide guidance and support to ECES' strategies and further expand its scope and existing projects. The main mission of the Strategic & Advisory Council is indeed to inform the ECES Management Board and Management Unit, led by the ECES Co-Founder & Executive Director, Fabio Bargiacchi, on the strategy and new initiatives to be developed by ECES in accordance with External Relations, Communication and Resource Mobilisation Plan.
 
Welcome on Board!