Curriculum vitae of Mr. Pieter De Crem

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence

 

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Biography

 

Pieter De Crem was born on July 22, 1962, in Aalter in East Flanders. He starts his college years at the “Sint-Jan Berchmans” secondary school in Brussels. Next he obtains his Master’s degree in Romanic philology at the KUL (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and in international and European Law at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

 

During his university studies he acquired, besides a profound knowledge of languages, a deep understanding of the economic and financial systems and in international taxation.

 

Mr De Crem’s native language is Dutch; he thoroughly mastered French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. In addition, he has a basic knowledge of Russian.

 

Cabinet Experience


In 1987, at the end of his studies, he is recruited by the Roularta Media Group. From 1989 to 1992, he is first appointed as person in charge of the relations with Parliament within Prime Minister Wilfried Martens’ private office. Next he becomes advisor within the private office of the Minister of Defence and Vice-Prime Minister Léo Delcroix.


After a short period of time in the private sector between 1992 and 1993, he returns to his first passion: Belgian politics. His political career starts in 1989 with his election as Chairman of the youth CVP (Christelijke Volkspartij - Christian People’s Party) section Ghent-Eeklo.

 

Municipality of Aalter

 

In 1994, he stands for the first time as a candidate in the municipal elections in Aalter and is directly elected mayor. He confirms his result at the 2000, 2006 and 2012 elections reaching 64,56 % of the votes in 2012.


In 1995, he participates in the federal elections as young mayor running as CVP candidate for the constituency of Ghent-Eeklo. Being elected Member of Parliament, he becomes a member of the parliamentary Commission for Defence.

 

The House of Representatives

 
In 1999, he is re-elected and asserts himself as an extremely active member within the opposition. He is fascinated by national politics and after his re-election in the new constituency of East Flanders in 2003; he is appointed chairman of CD&V political group at the House of Representatives.


Minister

 

At the 2007 federal elections, Pieter De Crem stands as head of the list for the constituency of East Flanders and is re-elected by nearly 100,000 voters. While continuing his work as chairman of CD&V political group at the Parliament, he is appointed Chairman of the Commission for the Interior at the House of Representatives.

 

On December 21, 2007, he took the oath before His Majesty King Albert II as Minister of Defence in the interim-government. On March 20, 2008, he took the oath as minister in the government Leterme I. On December 30, 2008, he again took the oath as Minister of Defence in the government Van Rompuy I. On November 25, 2009, he took the oath before His Majesty King Albert II as Minister of Defence in the government Leterme II.

 

Pieter De Crem is today Minister in the government Di Rupo I. He was again assigned the competence of Defence. He was sworn in on December 6, 2011. Since 5 March 2013, he is also Deputy Prime Minister.

 

The year 1995 was a very happy year for Pieter De Crem: he started his remarkable political path and married Caroline. Together they have three children: Constantijn, Alicia et Victoria.

 

Curriculum vitae

Personal Data

  • Born on 22 July 1962 in Aalter
  • Married to Caroline Bergez and father of Constantijn, Alicia and Victoria

Education

  • Master of Romanic Philology at KU Leuven – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Dutch-speaking Catholic University of Leuven )
  • Master of European and international Law at VUB –Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels )

Language proficiency

  • Pieter De Crem is Dutch native speaker. He speaks and writes fluently in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. He also has a basic knowledge of Russian.

Professional Expertise

  • Deputy Prime Minister since 5 March 2013
  • Minister of Defence since 21 December 2007
  • Member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
  • Commander in the Order of Leopold
  • Chairman of the Commission for the Interior at the House of Representatives between 10 June 2007 and 21 December 2007
  • Chairman of CD&V parliamentary party at the House of Representatives between 31 May 2003 and 21 December 2007
  • CD&V Member of Parliament of the constituency for Oost-Vlaanderen (East –Flanders) since 2003, re-elected in 2007
  • CVP Member of Parliament of the constituency for Ghent-Eeklo, 1995, re-elected in 1999
  • Mayor of Aalter since 1995, re-elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012
  • Adviser in “De fabrieken van de Gebroeders De Beukelaar”, 1993-1994
  • Assistant in Roularta Media Group , 1987-1989
  • Attaché at the private office of Minister of Defence Leo Delcroix, 1992-1993
  • Attaché at the private office of Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, 1989-1992
  • Chairman of the youth CVP (Christelijke Volkspartij – Christian People’s Party ) section Ghent–Eeklo , 1989-1995