Willy Demeyer, President of Efus

Willy Demeyer-2Mayor of Liège (Belgium), Willy Demeyer, was elected President of Efus at the General Assembly on May 18, 2017.

Graduating with a law degree in 1982, Willy Demeyer started his career as a lawyer at the Liege Bar. In 1988 he became a councillor at the City of Liege and the head of the Socialist Group. Between 1991 and 1999 he was appointed as the alderman for Public Works before becoming the burgomaster. He went on to be elected to this position in 2000, 2006 and 2012.

In addition, he was a member of the Walloon Region Parliament from 2004 to 2005, Vice President of the Senate from 2009 to 2017 and a member of the Chamber of Representatives from 2014 to March 2017.

Willy Demeyer is a member of the Commission investigating the attacks of March 2016 in Belgium. He is also Vice President of the International Association of Francophone Mayors since 1999.

Honorary Presidents

2010-2017: Guilherme Pinto, Mayor of Matosinhos (Portugal) †

2007-2010: Juan Alberto Belloch Julbe, Mayor of Saragossa (Spain)

2003-2007: Freddy Thielemans, Mayor of Brussels (Belgium)

2000-2003: Giuliano Barbolini, Mayor of Modena (Italy)

1998-2000: Leona Detiege, Mayor of Antwerp (Belgium)

1996-1998: Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille (France)

1987-1996: Gilbert Bonnemaison, founder of Efus and former Mayor of Epinay-sur Seine (France) †

Interview with Willy Demeyer, new President of Efus: “Being able to exchange, compare or innovate along with other European cities is an asset”

You have just been elected President of Efus. How important is this role for you? Willy Demeyer: Living a secure existence is a major need of citizens, whether in economic terms or regarding quality of life. In this sense, the … More

Liege (BE) is elected as the president of Efus and Amiens (FR) as the new vice-president

Gathering for their General Assembly Meeting in Rimini (Italy) on 18 May, Efus members have chosen the Municipality of Liege, represented by its Mayor Willy Demeyer, as President of Efus. The Municipality of Liege leads various initiatives aimed at developing local security policies based … More

“Migration not a security threat” Interview with Guilherme Pinto, Efus President

Guilherme Pinto for Times of Malta (09/03/2012) Read the article here

Our aim for 2011: reunite and reaffirm our commitments

In the name of all our staff, I wish you a very happy new year. As the crisis persists, and affects not only our economic growth but also our societies as a whole, we are convinced that our Forum must, … More

Efus’ President reacts to the debates about Roma people in Europe

There has been much debate in Europe recently about the situation of the Roma people, particularly in the light of the recent initiatives of the French government. The Efus has been working for some time now on […]

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