The June 2009 elections are a success for Pascal Smet and the sp.a of Brussels, but they are nevertheless excluded from the majority coalition of the Brussels-Capital Region. That’s how the sp.a ends up in the Brussels opposition and how Pascal Smet becomes Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs in the Flemish government. Thanks to these competences, he is actually Minister of the future.
In 2014, Pascal Smet fully dedicates himself to Brussels again and becomes Minister in the Brussels Government. ‘Courage is to seek the ideal and to understand the real,’ Pascal Smet quotes Jean Jaurès, the famous leader of the French Socialist Party. After five years as Flemish Minister for Education, Pascal Smet has absolutely no regrets about returning to Brussels. He returns with more experience to make Brussels a better, more welcoming city.
As Minister of Mobility and Public Works, he gives shape to his dream of introducing sustainable urban development. That includes, among others, a reorganisation of public space. In other words, more space for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.
Today, Pascal Smet is State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade and Firefighting and Emergency medical Assistance.With these competences, he wants to make Brussels dashing and put it on the international map as the cosmopolitan, creative and dynamic city it is.