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De Croo Government
De Croo Government
Flag of Belgium.svg
98th Cabinet of Belgium (since 1830)
Incoming
Informal meeting of ministers responsible for development (FAC). Arrivals Alexander De Croo (36766610160) (cropped2).jpg
Date formed1 October 2020
People and organisations
Head of statePhilippe of Belgium
Head of governmentAlexander De Croo
No. of ministers15
Member parties
Status in legislature
  • Majority coalition
Opposition parties
History
Election(s)2019 Belgian federal election
Legislature term(s)2019–2024
PredecessorWilmès II
Distribution of seats in the Chamber of Representatives.

The De Croo Government is the incumbent Federal Government of Belgium, to be led by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo from 1 October 2020.

History

The creation of the De Croo Government occurred on 1 October 2020, 494 days after the 2019 Belgian federal election of May 2019 as the 2019-20 Belgian government formation had been again a difficult process. The government replaced the minority Wilmès II Government, which was a temporary government instated to handle the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. The De Croo Government is a so-called Vivaldi coalition, named after composer Antonio Vivaldi due to his work The Four Seasons which corresponds to the four different political views present in this coalition: the liberals (Open Vld and MR), the socialists (sp.a and PS), the greens (Groen and Ecolo) and the Christian democrats of CD&V.

Most notably this government is a minority government in the Flemish language group, as the two largest political parties in Belgium (and Flanders) are part of the opposition: N-VA and Vlaams Belang. Other opposition parties are the Francophone parties cdH and DéFI and the nationwide PVDA-PTB.[1]

Composition

The Constitution requires an equal number of Dutch- and French-speaking ministers (regardless of the Prime Minister) and with all parties requiring some positions, the number of members in the Government has increased considerably, from 12 to 14 ministers with an additional 5 extra Secretaries of State for a total of 7 extra members in the Government compared to the previous Wilmès II Government.

With several new parties coming in to the government and many existing parties replacing their ministers, only three ministers remain which were already present in the Wilmès II Government: Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (who was Minister of Development Cooperation, Finance and fighting Fiscal Fraud), the previous Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès who now becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs and David Clarinval who moves from Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy to Minister of the Middle Class, SMEs, Self-employed, Agriculture, and Institutional Affairs. A large number of government members were relatively unknown at the time of their appointment, as several parties decided to opt for new faces instead of familiar ones. One notable returnee is Frank Vandenbroucke who, after a nine-year break from politics, returns to become Minister of Health and Social Affairs, and has held multiple positions in the period 1994-2009, including Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs, Labor, and Pensions.


Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo1 October 2020IncumbentOpen Vld
Deputy Prime Ministers
Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem1 October 2020IncumbentCD&V
Minister of Mobility and the National Railway Company Georges Gilkinet1 October 2020IncumbentECOLO
Minister of Civil Service Petra De Sutter1 October 2020IncumbentGroen
Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Trade, and bicultural institutions Sophie Wilmès (replaced during illness by David Clarinval)1 October 2020IncumbentMR
Minister of Justice and the North Sea Vincent Van Quickenborne1 October 2020IncumbentOpen Vld
Minister of Economy and Employment Pierre-Yves Dermagne1 October 2020IncumbentPS
Minister of Health and Social Affairs Frank Vandenbroucke1 October 2020Incumbentsp.a
Ministers
Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden1 October 2020IncumbentCD&V
Minister of Defence Ludivine Dedonder1 October 2020IncumbentPS
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Zakia Khattabi1 October 2020IncumbentECOLO
Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten1 October 2020IncumbentGroen
Minister of the Middle Class, SMEs, Self-employed, Agriculture, and Institutional Affairs David Clarinval1 October 2020IncumbentMR
Minister of Development Cooperation and Urban Policy Meryame Kitir1 October 2020Incumbentsp.a
Minister of Pensions, Social Integration, Fighting Poverty and Disabled Persons Karine Lalieux1 October 2020IncumbentPS
Secretaries of State
Secretary of State for Scientific Policy and Exit Policy Thomas Dermine [fr]1 October 2020IncumbentPS
Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi1 October 2020IncumbentCD&V
Secretary of State for Digital Agenda, Administrative Simplification, Privacy and Property Management Mathieu Michel (politician) [fr]1 October 2020IncumbentMR
Secretary of State for Budget and Consumer Affairs Eva De Bleeker [nl]1 October 2020IncumbentOpen Vld
Secretary of State for Gender Equality, Equal Rights and Diversity Sarah Schlitz [fr]1 October 2020IncumbentECOLO
Commissioners
Commissioner charged with fighting the consequences of the Coronavirus Pedro Facon6 October 2020IncumbentIndependent


References

  1. ^ VRT NWS (2020-09-30). "7 partijen hebben een inhoudelijk akkoord om samen te regeren: dit weten we daar al over" [7 parties have an internal agreement to govern: this is what we know already]. vrtnws.be (in Dutch). Retrieved .

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