Tuesday 3 October 2017
On 1st October 2017, after a career of 43 years, Professor Pacolet retired. This was celebrated on Monday 18 September with a solemn celebration session at the Jean Monnet lecture room of the KUL (Catholic University of Leuven).
Jo Vandeurzen, Minister of Flanders, and Herman Van Rompuy, Minister of State and honorary president of the European Council, took the floor. We thank professor Pacolet on behalf of all former and current colleagues. When in the course of the past forty years, HIVA has built a reputation of a social-scientific institute, analyzing the impact of social policies on society, this is largely due to Jozef Pacolet. As from 1st October, he will remain linked with HIVA as emeritus professor with an assignment.
On the occasion of the celebration, he held a lecture on ‘Growth and distribution. The Lucas option’. If we ensure solidarity today, we will benefit from solidarity tomorrow.
For the Executive Committee of Eurofedop, Secretary General Bert Van Caelenberg was present at the celebration.