|Province :||Walloon Brabant|
|Area :||32.96 km²|
|Residents:||31,443 (Jan. 1, 2019)|
|Population density:||954 inhabitants per km²|
|Post Code:||1340 (Ottignies)
|Mayor:||Julie Chantry ( Ecolo )|
Local government address :
Avenue des combattants, 35
The city consists of four districts : Ottignies , Limelette , Céroux-Mousty and Louvain-la-Neuve . Limelette and Céroux-Mousty were independent until 1977 and were incorporated as part of a territorial reform that reduced the number of Belgian municipalities from 2,359 to 596.
Louvain-la-Neuve was in the early 1970s to have been largely undeveloped area of the former town Ottignies for the Université catholique de Louvain built (UCL) after following the Flemish-Walloon conflict that split in the Catholic University of Leuven in the Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in Leuven (ndl. Leuven , French Louvain ) and the French-speaking UCL had become legally binding.
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is located in the center of the Walloon Brabant province, around 10 kilometers southwest of its capital, Wavre . The urban area is drained by the Dyle and some tributaries. The city has an expressway connection to the provincial capital Wavre. There are also rail connections to Brussels , Namur , Wavre- Löwen and Charleroi . A connection to the RER Brussels is planned .
The Benedictine monastery of Saint-André de Clerlande has existed outside the city since 1970 .
The local council ( Conseil Communal ) has 29 members, from which the college is formed with the mayor and six aldermen ( Echevins ).
The mayor, Jean-Luc Roland, one of the founders of the Ecolo party , is one of the first green mayors in Belgium. He has been in office since 2001. In the local elections on October 8, 2006, he was confirmed for a second term.
coat of arms
The coat of arms of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is a quartered shield. The four fields were chosen so that all four districts can feel represented. The first field in gold is divided by a blue ribbon (de Spangen family) and stands for Ottignies and Mousty. The second shows the coat of arms of the Colopma family in blue with a golden band accompanied by two silver doves divided diagonally with eight thousand on the golden edge and stands for Céroux. The third in blue shows a gold cross and four gold shells; it is the coat of arms of Anne-Josèphe de la Croix, Abbess of Florival 1733–1749, and was in the wall of a farm in the area of today's Louvain-la-Neuve. The fourth in gold shows three red taps for lime. The city arms were adopted on December 18, 1991.
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve has partnered with three cities : Jassans-Riottier in France , Veszprém in Hungary and Tiassalé in the Ivory Coast . There are also friendship agreements with Masaya in Nicaragua and Drăgăneşti in Romania .
- Official website of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve (French)
- Homepage of the Université catholique de Louvain (French)