Johan Vande Lanotte

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Johan Vande Lanotte
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
5 December 2011 – October 2014
Minister of Economy, Consumer affairs and North Sea
In office
5 December 2011 – October 2014
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 December 2011
Chairperson of SP.A
In office
Preceded bySteve Stevaert
Succeeded byCaroline Gennez
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
Minister of Budget
In office
Minister of the Interior and of Civil Service Affairs
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-07-06) 6 July 1955 (age 65)
Poperinge, Belgium
Political partySP.A
Alma materUniversity of Antwerp
University of Brussels (VUB)
WebsiteOfficial website

Johan Cyrille Corneel Vande Lanotte (born 6 July 1955) is a Belgian politician. He is a member of the SP.A, and became its party president on 15 October 2005. He handed down his leadership positions after the SP.A lost in the 2007 general election. Between 5 December 2011 and October 2014, he was Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Economy, Consumer affairs and North Sea in the Di Rupo I Government. With the formation of a new Centre-Right federal government, which excluded his party, Johan Vande Lanotte returned to local politics in October 2014 in Ostend, where he took up his position as alderman for the economy and tourism at Ostend City Council. From August 2015 until the end of 2018 Vande Lanotte was the mayor of Ostend.


In 1978 he graduated magna cum laude in Political and Social Sciences, option: Sociology (Master's degree) from the University of Antwerp. In 1981 he added, again magna cum laude, a master in Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

He graduated as Doctor in Law at the Ghent University in 1986. The subject of his dissertation was decentralisation in the Belgian political context. It was awarded with the Prize of the Belgian Institute for Administrative Sciences.

During his doctorate, he studied at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Lausanne) with the Von Calcken scholarship of the Council of Europe, at the Lille University (France), the Leiden University (Netherlands) and the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec.



  • 1978-1981: City of Ghent administration.
  • 1982-1983: assistant at the department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp.
  • 1983-1987: assistant at the Law department of the Ghent University.
  • 1986: apprentice lawyer in Ghent.
  • 1987-1990 : assistant auditor and auditor at the Council of State (Belgium)
  • since 1988 : professor public law at the Ghent University
  • 1988-1991: part-time professor public law at the Ghent University
  • since 1991: part-time professor public law at the Ghent University, combined with a part-time professorship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • 2010-2012: president of the non-governmental organization Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC)



  1. ^ "Belgische Senaat" (in Dutch). Belgian Senate. Retrieved 10 June 2009.

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