1933 – Born on April 29th in Löwen, Germany. Belgian politician.
1976 – Minister of state, he occupied important ministerial functions.
1977 – He is professor emeritus in economics at the Catholic university of Leuven and former member of the Belgian Parliament of the Council of Europe.
1981 – Was prime minister of Belgium.
– Resigned at the end of March, because the socialist party could not agree with an urgency plan to reorganize the public finances.
1993 – Member of the Assembly of the WEU.
– He is past president of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for sciences and arts and president of the Francqui Foundation and other scientific and cultural institutions.
– He is member of the board of the International Crisis Group and of the board of several Belgian and foreign companies.