On 11 July 2016, AWEPA’s President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet, was awarded a Grand Decoration of Honour for services to the Flemish Community.
This title, conferred by the Flemish Government on the official Day of the Flemish Community, is designed to honour individuals who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service for the Flemish community in Belgium over the years, as well as those who, through their talents, have contributed significantly to the positive image of Flanders.
AWEPA wishes to congratulate Ms. Smet on receiving this distinguished award.
As a member of the Belgian, European and Flemish Parliament for over 30 years, 14 of which she served as Minister for the Belgian Government, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet has played a key role in fostering equality in politics, environment and labour. Her deep rooted urge to see equal opportunities for all, not only regarding gender, but in all areas of human dignity, brought her into contact with AWEPA where, having served two terms of office on the AWEPA Executive Committee, she was elected President in October 2009 via a unanimous vote of the AWEPA Governing Council. Ms. Smet resides in Belgium where, alongside her work for AWEPA, she continues to support society in a variety of ways.