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Collection description :
From Agalev to B-Plus
The widow of former parliamentarian of the Agalev party, Ludo Dierickx (1929-2009), offered to CegeSoma the archives of her late husband. The acquisition is still a consequence of the contacts established at the time of the project " L’idée belge et le séparatisme” (The Belgian Idea and Separatism, 2007) through which the Centre wished to acquire, preserve and make accessible archives and documentation of organizations and individuals who acted for the unity of the country after 1945.
Born on August 10, 1929, Ludo Dierickx attended the Jesuit College in Borgerhout and then studied law at the University of Ghent and the College of Europe in Bruges. During his college years, he fell under the spell of the European federalist idea. He founded the Centre d'étude et d'information européen and became a researcher at the ULB Institute of European Studies. In the early 1960s, Dierickx, who came from a Christian-Democratic background, was employed for three years as an advisor to PSC Interior Minister Arthur Gilson's cabinet. From 1968 to 1981, he was director of the Association of Public Health Care Institutions.
In the 1970s, he came into contact with the movement “Vivre autrement” and became politically active within Agalev. In the early 1980s, he played a key role in this process. In 1981, he was elected as a deputy, which made him part of the very first contingent of Agalev parliamentarians. Through his publications, he gave shape to the theoretical underpinning of green thinking in Belgium. After seven years as a member of Parliament, seven more years as a senator followed. Gradually, however, he retreated into the background of Agalev. After a period at the SPA from 1995, he returned to Agalev/Groen in 2003.
In the meantime, as an opponent of the communitization of Belgium and a critical writer of nationalism, he was closely linked to B-Plus, an action group that fights for the preservation of Belgium. In 1998, he co-founded the organization and during the last years of his life, he was its leading figure.
The Ludo Dierickx archives (code AA 2230) cover a total of about 10 running meters and are mainly related to his activities within Agalev and Groen. These include personal writings, correspondence with members, party congress texts, minutes of the expert commission, executive committee and parliamentary group meetings, press releases, reviews, books and press clippings. A second important part of the archives relates to B-Plus. Several parts of the archive collections relating to the “Centre d’étude du nationalism”, the “Centre d’étude et d’information européen“and its activities at the SPA, as well as texts on Europe, are also kept. In short, interesting archives for those who want to study a number of developments in Belgian politics after 1960.
For more information :
- Marc Swyngedouw, L'essor d'AGALEV et du Vlaams Blok, Bruxelles, CRISP, 1992 (Courrier hebdomadaire du CRISP, 1362)
- Ludo Dierickx, De groene idee en de rijkdom van mens en natie, Brussel : Groep Coudenberg, 1991.