Monique was appointed Director General of BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation in 2007. BEUC represents 42 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all Community policies.
To achieve these objectives, Monique proposes and agrees overall BEUC policy strategy, manages on a day-to-day basis the BEUC 35-strong Secretariat and raises the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying the EU institutions and contacts in the media.
Monique has a background in law achieved cum laude at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium and is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wisconsin. She is a strong communicator in French, English, Dutch and German (her mother tongue) and has a good knowledge of both Spanish and Italian.
Prior to her current role, Monique led the Belgian “Commission Universitaire pour le Développement” for ten years as Secretary General. In this position, she managed the Secretariat, supervised the annual budget of 27 million euros and represented the CUD to international and national donors and current or potential partner institutions in developing countries.
Monique is not a newcomer to the consumer movement: from 1989 to 1993 she held the position of BEUC’s Senior Legal Adviser and from 1994 to 1996 she continued to contribute to the promotion of the consumer interest through research as Project leader for European Affairs of the “Centre de droit de la consommation – UCL” in Belgium.
Monique has also published numerous articles in scientific journals specialised in consumer law and European law.