| Philippe Monfils|
| Position established|
| 12 April 1939 (age 76)
Etterbeek, Belgium (1939-04-12) |
Free University of Belgium, French
Universite libre de Bruxelles
Francoise Schepmans, Catherine Moureaux, Jamal Ikazban, Charles Picque, Francoise Dupuis
Philippe Moureaux Wikipedia
Philippe Moureaux (born 12 April 1939 in Etterbeek) is a Belgian politician, senator, former mayor of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, and professor of economic history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He holds the honorary title of Minister of State and is a member of the Order of Leopold II and the Order of Leopold.
His first government post was a Minister of the Interior and Institutional Reform in the government of Wilfried Martens (Martens III) in 1980. Moureaux's name was attached to the loi contre le racisme et la xénophobie (Law against Racism and Xenophobia) of 30 July 1981 as he was then serving as Minister of Justice.
Resigning from the Federal Government in 1993, Moureaux's coalition defeated the incumbent mayor of Molenbeek Léon Spiegels at the 1994 council elections. A key part of Moureaux's campaign, then and since, was the involvement of ethnic minorities in the campaign, Mariem Bouselmati of Ecolo being the first Belgian of Moroccan origin elected in Molenbeek. In 2004, as a senator, Moureaux submitted the law granting the right of foreigners to vote in municipal elections.
However, Moureaux's attempts at revitalizing the municipality have not been successful. An example was the withdrawal of BBDO in June 2011 from the town. In an open letter addressed to Moureaux, ten employees of this American advertising agency cited over 150 attacks on their staff by locals as principal reason for their departure. As a result, serious questions have been raised about governance, security, and the administration of Mayor Moureaux.3 December 1987 : Commander in the Order of Leopold.
19 May 1995 : Knight Grand cross in the Order of Leopold II.