Schaerbeek, 5.5.1921 - Ellezelles, 26.03.2008
Former Vice-President of the European Parliament
Pierre Deschamps was born in Schaerbeek, Belgium, on May 5 1921. He studied law and practiced as a solicitor in the Tournai bar.
He married Marguerite D'Haese and had five children - Marc, Colette, Benoît, Christine and Cécile.
Mr Deschamps entered politics in 1946 as a Councillor of Ellezelles. From 1948 to 1968 he was a Director in several ministerial cabinets, such as Colonies, Foreign Affairs, External Trade, Technical Assistance and Justice.
He was elected as a Senator for the PSC in 1971 and entered the European Parliament in 1974. In 1977, he was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament with 80% of the votes. He remained Vice-President until 1979. Elected in the first direct elections to the European Parliament, he was an MEP until 1984, aged 63.
After the end of his political career, Mr Deschamps was Administrator of the Catholic University of Louvain. He held several decorations, such as Officer of the Order of Leopold, Knight of the Royal Order of the Lion, Commander of the Order of Orange Nassau (The Netherlands) and Commander of the National Order of the Ivory Coast.
The burial of Pierre Deschamps took place in Ellezelles, St-Pierre-aux-Liens Church on 29 March 2008.