Kathleen Van Brempt is a member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the socialdemocratic group S&D. She served as a member of the European Parliament from 6 January 2000 to 1 October 2003, when she resigned to become State Secretary for Labor organization and Welfare in the working place in the Belgian federal government. During the regional elections of 2004, Van Brempt was elected to the Flemish Parliament and she became Minister for Mobility, Social Economy and Equal Opportunities in the Flemish government. In 2009 Van Brempt was the head of list for the European Elections for the Flemish socialdemocratic party (sp.a) and has been a member of the European Parliament since then. As a member of the industry and energy commission and subsititute member of the development committee she primarily focusses on social equality, European social policy, sustainability, energy and environmental issues.