Joke Schauvliege

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Joke Schauvliege
Joke Schauvliege at Werktuigendagen 2009 b.jpg
Flanders Flemish Minister
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 February 2019
Personal details
Born (1970-03-16) 16 March 1970 (age 48)
Political partyChristian Democratic and Flemish

Joke Schauvliege (born in Ghent on 16 March 1970) is a Belgian politician from Flanders.


Since 2 January 2007 she is schepen of Planning, Youth, Tourism and Environmental Development in her municipality Evergem. Since 2008 she is national vice-president of her Christian Democratic and Flemish party.

During the 2009 Flemish elections she got 51,810 preference votes, the highest number in the province of East Flanders. In July 2009 she took office as Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture in the Flemish Cabinet Peeters II. However, after saying she has little affinity with the cultural sector, this sparked controversy. Several artists found it unacceptable that she became Minister for Culture.

After the 2014 Flemish elections, she became minister for Town and Country Planning, Environment, Nature and Agriculture. At a climate demonstration in Brussels on 27 January 2019, attended by 75,000 people, Schauvliege specifically and politicians in general received a lot of criticism from young people. A few days later, in a speech to the General Farmers Syndicate on 2 February 2019, Schauvliege described this and other demonstrations as a "set up game" and claimed that the state security agency had informed her about the instigators of the protests. Afterwards, Schauvliege weakened that claim. Following internal party consultations, Schauvliege resigned on 5 February 2019 as a minister within the Flemish Government.[1][2]



  1. ^ Kunstenaars halen uit naar Joke Schauvliege, Bart Eeckhout, De Morgen, 15 July 2009
  2. ^ Boffey, Daniel (5 February 2019). "Belgian minister resigns over school-strike conspiracy claims". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
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