Willy De Clercq

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Willy De Clercq
Ministers Belgische Kabinet. Vice Eerste Minister W. De Clercq (PVV).jpg
European Commissioner for External Relations and Trade
In office
7 January 1985 – 6 January 1989
President Jacques Delors
Preceded by Wilhelm Haferkamp (External Relations, Nuclear Affairs and Trade)
Succeeded by Frans Andriessen
Personal details
Born (1927-07-08)8 July 1927
Ghent, Belgium
Died 28 October 2011(2011-10-28) (aged 84)
Ghent, Belgium
Political party Party for Freedom and Progress
Alma mater Ghent University
Syracuse University

Willy Clarisse Elvire Hector, Viscount De Clercq (8 July 1927 – 28 October 2011) was a Belgian liberal politician.

De Clercq was born in Ghent. After his law and notariat studies at the University of Ghent and a scholarship at Syracuse University (Syracuse, United States), De Clerq became a lawyer at the Court of appeal in Ghent and a professor at Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Although he could have had a successful career in law, he got into politics. He was member of the Liberal youth and was elected municipal councillor and member of parliament.

De Clercq served in various coalition governments. He was secretary of state for the budget (1960–1961), deputy prime minister and minister of the budget from 1966 to 1968, deputy prime minister and minister of Finances in 1973–1974, minister of Finances in 1974–1977 and deputy prime minister in 1980.

De Clercq served as president of various international monetary instances and as president of the then liberal party PVV. He served for a term as a member of the European Commission (1985–1989). Moreover he became Minister of State in 1985. From 1989 to 2004 he was a member of the European Parliament.

In 2003, he created together with other prominent European personalities the Medbridge Strategy Center, whose goal is to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between Europe and the Middle-East.[1]

In the 21 July 2006 honours, Willy De Clercq and his wife, Fernande Fazzi, were both separately ennobled in the rank of viscount.

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Sources[edit]

  • W. Prevenier, C. Ysebaert, L. Pareyn (Ed.), Vijftig jaar liberale praxis. Willy De Clercq vijfenzeventig jaar, 2002.
  • T. Goorden, Willy De Clercq, een biografie, Lannoo, 2004, ISBN 90-209-5750-3

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Political offices
Preceded by
André Vlerick
Minister of Finance
1973–1977
Succeeded by
Gaston Geens
Preceded by
Robert Vandeputte
Minister of Finance
1981–1985
Succeeded by
Frans Grootjans
Preceded by
Étienne Davignon
Belgian European Commissioner
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Karel Van Miert
Preceded by
Wilhelm Haferkamp
as European Commissioner for External Relations, Nuclear Affairs and Trade
European Commissioner for External Relations and Trade
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Frans Andriessen