Jean-Maurice Dehousse

Jean-Maurice Dehousse (born 11 October 1936) is a former Member of the European Parliament who served Belgium between 1999 and 2004 as a member of the Parti Socialiste. He was the first and third Minister-President of Wallonia.[1]

Jean-Maurice Dehousse
Minister-President of Wallonia
In office
25 October 1982  11 December 1985
Preceded byAndré Damseaux
Succeeded byMelchior Wathelet
In office
22 December 1981  26 January 1982
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAndré Damseaux
Personal details
Born (1936-10-11) 11 October 1936 (age 84)
Liège, Belgium
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materUniversity of Liège
Johns Hopkins University


Jean-Maurice Dehousse was born in Liège. After receiving his early education in Europe, Dehousse travelled to Beverly Hills, United States, where he studied for one year in 1955.[1] In 1960, he received his Doctor of Laws from University of Liège and a degree in international studies from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies - SAIS of the Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC (US) in 1961. From 1962 to 1965, Dehousse worked with the FNRS, the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, becoming an assistant at the Institute for European Legal Studies at the University of Liège in 1966. He served as a representative of the General Federation of Belgian Labour whilst at the University of Liège.[1]

In 1971, Dehousse was elected as a Member of Parliament representing Liège, becoming Minister for French Culture in 1977, lasting in that position until 1978. From 1979 to 1985, Dehousse served as a member of the Belgian government in a variety of roles concerning Wallonia. During that period, in 1981, Dehousse was elected as a Senator and became the first Minister-President of the Walloon Region.[1] In 1991, he was appointed Minister for Science Policy, leaving government in 1995 to serve as mayor of Liège. On 16 September 1999, Dehousse became a Member of the European Parliament representing Belgium as a member of the Parti Socialiste. On 19 July 2004, his first and only term expired.[1][2]

In August 2009, Dehousse underwent prostate surgery at a Belgian hospital.[3]


  1. Institut Jules Destree (1995). One hundred Walloons of the century (in French). Charleroi. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  2. Your MEPs: Jean-Maurice Dehousse - European Parliament. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  3. Jean-Maurice Dehousse opéré de la prostate - (in French). Retrieved 2010-02-19.
Political offices
New office Minister-President of Wallonia
Succeeded by
André Damseaux
Preceded by
André Damseaux
Minister-President of Wallonia
Succeeded by
Melchior Wathelet