Kris Peeters

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Kris Peeters
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Minister-President of Flanders
In office
28 June 2007 – 25 July 2014
Preceded by Yves Leterme
Succeeded by Geert Bourgeois
Personal details
Born Reet, Belgium
Political party Christian Democratic and
Flemish
Religion Roman Catholicism

Kris Peeters (Dutch pronunciation: [peːtərs]; born 18 May 1962) is a Belgian politician and member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party. Peeters, a former Minister-President of Flanders, has been appointed formateur by King Philippe of Belgium to form the Federal Government of Belgium.

Career[edit]

At the left, next to Piet Vanthemsche.

After attending secondary school in Boom, Peeters studied law in Antwerp and obtained a law degree in 1986.

Peeters served from 1991 to 1994 as Director of the NCMV research department. In 1994 he became Secretary-General of NCMV and when NCMV was reformed into the SME interest group UNIZO in 1999, he became its first managing director. In 2004, although not having been a candidate for public office at the 2004 regional elections, Peeters was asked to become a member of the Flemish Government. He resigned his position with UNIZO and became Flemish Minister for Public Works, Energy, the Environment and Nature.

During the 2006 municipal elections, Peeters ran for public office the first time in his career and was elected a member of the city council of his home town Puurs. In the 2007 Belgian federal elections, Peeters was elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives but chose not to take his seat, instead he succeeded Yves Leterme as Minister-President of Flanders, as Leterme headed the CD&V coalition talks for a new Belgian government.[1] Peeters also gave up his former competences to Hilde Crevits and took on the responsibilities for Institutional Affairs, Agriculture and Sea Fisheries, formerly belonging to Leterme, while keeping his own competence regarding Ports. He has been serving a second term as head of the Flemish government since the regional elections of 7 June 2009, with the additional competences of Institutional Affairs, Economy, Agriculture and Sea Fisheries.

Besides Bart De Wever, Peeters is one of the two most popular political figures in Flanders in recent years.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) "Peeters legt eed af bij koning Albert" [Peeters taking oath in front of King Albert]. Het Nieuwsblad. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  2. ^ (Dutch) "Millimeterspurt tussen Peeters en De Wever". De Standaard. 14 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Yves Leterme
Minister-President of Flanders
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Geert Bourgeois