Eric Van Rompuy

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Eric Van Rompuy
Member of the
Flemish Parliament
Assumed office
7 June 2009
In office
13 June 2004 – 7 June 2009
In office
13 June 1999 – 13 June 2004
In office
21 May 1995 – 4 July 1995
Flemish minister of Economy, Enterprise, Agriculture and Media
In office
20 June 1995 – 13 July 1999
Member of the
Chamber of Representatives
In office
13 October 1985 – 21 May 1995
Member of the
European Parliament
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-11-23) 23 November 1949 (age 65)
Uccle, Belgium
Political party CD&V
Residence Zaventem
Alma mater KU Leuven
Occupation Politician
Website Official website

Eric Karel Paul Van Rompuy (born 23 November 1949, in Uccle) is a Flemish politician.[1]


He is the son of the later Prof. em. dr. Vic Van Rompuy and brother of Herman Van Rompuy and Christine Van Rompuy.[2]

After obtaining his licentiate degree in economics, he obtained a baccalaureate degree in philosophy (1971). In 1975, he obtained a PhD in economics at the KU Leuven.

From 1976 till 1981, he worked at the Kredietbank as economist. In the meantime, he was elected in 1977 as national president of the Christian People's Party (CVP) youth wing (now CD&V). He remained president until 1983. In 1981, he had already become Member of Parliament of the European Parliament.

In 1981, he became a member of the local city council of Zaventem (1 January 1983 - 31 December 1988). In 1988, the CVP lost the elections.

His national career started when he was elected as Member of Parliament in 1985. He would remain in that function until 1995. From 1991 until 1995, he was MP in the Flemish parliament.

In 1995, he became the first Flemish minister of Economy, Agriculture and Media. In 1999, he resigned after the huge electoral loss of his party.

Since 1999, he has been MP in the Flemish Parliament.


  1. ^ Vlaamse volksvertegenwoordigers
  2. ^ Profile: Herman van Rompuy BBC NEWS / EUROPE Friday, 20 November 2009