Didier Reynders

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Didier Reynders
Didier Reynders par Claude Truong-Ngoc novembre 2014.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
6 December 2011
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo
Charles Michel
Preceded by Steven Vanackere
Minister of Finance
In office
12 July 1999 – 6 December 2011
Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt
Yves Leterme
Herman Van Rompuy
Yves Leterme
Preceded by Jean-Jacques Viseur
Succeeded by Steven Vanackere
Personal details
Born (1958-08-06) 6 August 1958 (age 57)
Liège, Belgium
Political party Reformist Movement
Alma mater University of Liège

Didier J.L. Reynders (born 6 August 1958) is a Belgian politician and a member of the Mouvement Réformateur (MR). He was Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister for Finance and Institutional Reforms in the Van Rompuy I Government, which took office on 30 December 2008.[1] Since 2011 he has been Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2]

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Liège as the youngest in a family of three children. He studied law at the University of Liège. He served as Chairman of the NMBS / SNCB from 1986 to 1991. He served as Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2011 and became Deputy Prime Minister in 2004. He was the chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur from 2004 to 2011.

Reynders led the MR to a victory in the 2007 election, with the MR becoming the largest Francophone party of Belgium. The Belgian King appointed Reynders as informateur, i.e. to start off the informal coalition talks for a new federal government.[3]

Stalemate followed the 2010 general election. The King appointed a succession of people to negotiate a coalition from June 2010 onwards, but none succeeded in the task of forming a new government during the following seven months. Reynders was appointed informateur by the King on 2 February 2011. He reported on 16 February 2011, and his brief was extended through 1 March 2011.


  1. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (PDF) (in Dutch and French). The Belgian Official Journal. 2008-03-21. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  2. ^ Gianasso, Alexandre (2 February 2015). "6 questions with Didier Reynders, Belgium’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister". Affairs Today. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "King picks Mr Reynders as "informateur"". VRT Nieuws. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Jacques Viseur
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Steven Vanackere
Preceded by
Steven Vanackere
Minister of Foreign Affairs