Michel II Government
|Michel II Government|
95th cabinet of Belgium (since 1830)
|Date formed||9 December 2018|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Philippe of Belgium|
|Head of government||Charles Michel|
|No. of ministers||12|
|Status in legislature|
|Election(s)||2014 Belgian federal election|
|Incoming formation||8 December 2018|
|Outgoing formation||18 December 2018|
The Michel II Government is the current Federal Government of Belgium, led by Prime Minister Charles Michel. It is a centre minority coalition cabinet of Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V), the Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open Vld) and the Reformist Movement (MR).
It came into existence on 9 December 2018 following the exit of N-VA from the Michel I Government. As the Prime Minister did not offer the government's resignation to the King until the 18th, it is constitutionally still the same government as the one that started in 2014, albeit a heavily reshuffled government following the resignation of all N-VA ministers and secretaries of state. Politically, however, it is in an entirely different situation, as it has no support from N-VA and thus operates as a new government.
Michel attempted to continue with the minority cabinet with support from the centre-left opposition, who instead announced on 18 December that they would submit a motion of no confidence against the cabinet.
The King accepted Michel's resignation on 21 December after consulting party leaders. The outgoing cabinet continues governing as a caretaker government, likely until after the European Parliament, Belgian regional and federal elections of 26 May 2019.
|Prime Minister||Charles Michel||MR|
|Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Consumer Affairs, Disabled Persons, Economy, Employment, Equal Rights and Fighting Poverty||Kris Peeters||CD&V|
|Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Beliris and European Affairs||Didier Reynders||MR|
|Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Development Cooperation, Finance and fighting Fiscal Fraud||Alexander De Croo||Open VLD|
|Minister of Administrative Simplification, Digital Agenda, Postal Services and Telecom||Philippe De Backer||Open VLD|
|Minister of the Interior and Safety||Pieter De Crem||CD&V|
|Minister of Asylum, Migration, Health and Social Affairs||Maggie De Block||Open VLD|
|Minister of Justice and Director of Buildings||Koen Geens||CD&V|
|Minister of the Middle Class, SMEs, Self-employed, Agriculture, Social Integration and Urban Policy||Denis Ducarme||MR|
|Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy||Sophie Wilmès||MR|
|Minister of Pensions||Daniel Bacquelaine||MR|
|Minister of Mobility and the National Railway Company||François Bellot||MR|
|Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development||Marie-Christine Marghem||MR|
- "Grondwetsspecialisten zijn formeel: "Juridisch gezien is dit geen nieuwe regering en is er dus geen probleem"" (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
- "N-VA, SP.A, Groen en Vlaams Belang vragen een vertrouwensstemming in het parlement". vrtnws.be (in Dutch). VRT. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "Wat is een vertrouwensstemming en moet de regering het vertrouwen van het parlement vragen?". vrtnws.be (in Dutch). VRT. 10 December 2018.
- "Michel dient ontslag regering in na groen-rode motie van wantrouwen" (in Dutch). De Morgen. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "Herlees: Koning houdt ontslag regering in beraad, "Beste scenario om te ontsnappen aan vervroegde verkiezingen"". vrtnws.be (in Dutch). 18 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
- "Politieke crisis: Kamer keurt noodbegroting goed" (in Dutch). Knack. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "Kamer keurt 'noodbegroting' goed" (in Dutch). De Standaard. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "Koning zet consultaties ook morgen nog verder: geen gesprek met Vlaams Belang" (in Dutch). Het Laatste Nieuws. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "Koning Filip aanvaardt ontslag regering-Michel, regering in lopende zaken en geen vervroegde verkiezingen" (in Dutch). De Morgen. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.