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Joëlle F.G.M. Milquet (French: [jɔ.ɛl mil.kɛ] ; born 17 February 1961 in Montignies-sur-Sambre, Charleroi) is a Belgian politician from the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH).

Joëlle Milquet
Joëlle Milquet 2004.jpg
Minister of the Interior
In office
6 December 2011 – 22 July 2014
Prime MinisterElio Di Rupo
Preceded byAnnemie Turtelboom
Succeeded byMelchior Wathelet
Personal details
Born (1961-02-17) 17 February 1961 (age 58)
Montignies-sur-Sambre, Belgium
Political partyHumanist Democratic Centre
Alma materCatholic University of Louvain
University of Amsterdam



She studied classics at the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Andrew [fr] in Charleroi, before going on to graduate in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 1984. In 1985, she took a post-graduate diploma in European law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA).


She started her career at the Bar in Brussels. From 1995 to 1999 she was a delegate to the Belgian Senate. She has been the president of the CDH party since, and played a prominent role in the 2007-2008 formation negotiations for the Leterme I Government.[1] During the government formation negotiations she was given the nickname "Madame Non" (Mrs No) by the Flemish media [nl] for her fierce resistance against the constitutional reform that would give more autonomy to the different communities of Belgium.[2]

She was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities in the Leterme I Government, which took office on 20 March 2008.

When the Leterme I government failed, Joëlle Milquet retained her seat on the Van Rompuy I Government, then on the Leterme II Government.

She was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and for Equalities in the Di Rupo Government (2011-2014).[3] In June 2014 she became minister of Lower education, Culture in the Government of the French Community.

In May 2014 there was a scandal in Belgium, because her son was involved in a gangbang at school, six boys on one girl. She tried to suffocate the affair, later she blamed the girl to be a deranged nymphomaniac.[4]

Ms. Milquet was Vice Minister-President and Minister for Education and Culture in the Government of the French Community until 2016. She currently serves as Chair of the Security Committee of Brussels' Regional Parliament. In October 2017, Ms Joëlle Milquet was appointed Special Adviser to President Jean-Claude Juncker for the compensation of victims of crime.[5]


  1. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (PDF) (in Dutch and French). The Belgian Official Journal. 2008-03-21. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  2. ^ [1] Archived February 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "20 minutes - Le fils d une ministre mêlé à un scandale sexuel - Monde". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  5. ^ "European Commission - Daily News 04 / 10 / 2017". Retrieved 2017-10-04.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Joëlle Milquet at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Annemie Turtelboom
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Melchior Wathelet