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|Minister-President of Flanders|
22 December 1981 – 21 January 1992
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Luc Van den Brande|
10 June 1931|
|Died||5 June 2002
|Political party||Christian Democratic and Flemish|
|Alma mater||Catholic University of Leuven|
In 1961 Geens, together with Frank Swaelen and Leo Tindemans, was part of a think tank of the CVP. In 1972 he became a member of the party leadership. Geens was elected a member of the city council of Winksele in 1970. After Winksele's fusion with Herent in 1976 he became a member of that city council.
In 1974 in a government led by Tindemans, Geens became Secretary of State for the Budget and Science. In 1976 he was promoted to minister but with the same competences. He became Minister of Finance in the second Tindemans cabinet, but this coalition fell over the Egmont pact. He remained Minister of Finance under Paul Vanden Boeynants and in the first two coalitions led by Wilfried Martens. During the third government led by Martens he again became minister of the budget. During Martens IV, Geens became minister-president of the Flemish Executive which he led until 1992.
Geens gave Flanders a new economical identity, by taking the initiative for the Derde Industriële Revolutie in Vlaanderen (Third industrial revolution in Flanders), Flanders Technology and the Flemish Aerospace Group (FLAG).
|New office||Minister-President of Flanders
Luc Van den Brande
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