Jan Verroken is confirmed dead at the age of 103.
Jan was best known as a Belgian politician (Chamber of Representatives).
Jan Verroken
Jan verroken ca.1988 mh2.jpg
Verroken in 1988
Member of the Belgian Federal Parliament for Oudenaarde
In office
Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch-speaking electoral college
In office
17 July 1979 – 23 July 1984
Personal details
Born30 January 1917
Melden, Belgium
Died24 July 2020(2020-07-24) (aged 103)
Mechelen, Belgium
Political partyCDV
Jan Verroken (30 January 1917 – 24 July 2020) was a Belgian politician.
Born on 30 January 1917, Verroken served as burgomaster of Oudenaarde, President of the CDV party in the Belgian Federal Parliament, and a Deputy for Oudenaarde. He was also a member of the European Parliament and served on the Benelux Parliament.
Verroken was detested in Wallonia, the francophone part of Belgium. Flemish students chanted "Walen buiten" (Walloons outside), a term coined by Verroken during the Split of the Catholic University of Leuven. The university was split into the KU Leuven and the Université catholique de Louvain. In a 2016 interview with Pierre Havaux, Verroken minimized his role in the affair, saying that there was "“never in Flanders a project of form a separatist government, as was the case in Wallonia during the Royal Question".
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