About Elke van den Brandt
Like so many people from Brussels, I washed up here one day to never leave. Our city is great. And yet there is still so much work for Brussels to be a place where you can be young and want to grow old.
I came to study at the VUB and immediately engaged with great enthusiasm. For Brussels, as a researcher and finally also politically.
For a while I was vice-president of Groen. I sat in the Brussels and Flemish Parliament, where I fought for well-being, living and working and against poverty.
In 2019, Groen became the largest Dutch-speaking party in Brussels. Together with the other government parties, we drew up strong plans for our city and its inhabitants. Since then I have been Minister of Mobility, Public Works and Road Safety and we work day after day on safe streets and healthy air for all people from Brussels. The most important places we share is public space. It is not only there to move us, but especially to live, play, talk, laugh and rest. That sounds soft, but it is hard work to ensure that.
Brussels is complicated. In addition to my duties as Regional Minister, I am also chairman of the Flemish Community Commission and I have some powers with the Joint Community Commission. A whole mouthful each time, but also ways to make Brussels an even nicer, healthier city.
So that not only my children can be proud of Brussels, but that every Brussels citizen feels at home here, safe and free.