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Pirate Party (Belgium)

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Pirate Party
Piratenpartij/Parti Pirate
Founded28 June 2009
IdeologyPirate politics
Civil libertarianism
International affiliationPirate Parties International
European Parliament
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Brussels Parliament
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Flemish Parliament
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Walloon Parliament
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The Pirate Party of Belgium (Dutch: Piratenpartij, French: Parti Pirate) is a political party in Belgium. Based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party, it supports reform of copyright law, the abolition of patents, and respect for privacy.[1] It was a founding member of Pirate Parties International.[2]

Electoral participation[edit]

2010 federal elections[edit]

The party participated for the first time in the federal elections of 13 June 2010,[3] but only for the electoral district of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde, where they received 0.26% of the votes. Their only candidate (apart from successors) was Jurgen Rateau.

2012 local elections[edit]

The party presented lists at municipal and provincial elections in Belgium in 2012, in 14 municipalities and 26 provincial districts. The provincial results were generally around 1% in Flanders and 3% in Walloon.

The best result they obtained was 3.42% in provincial district of Tournai by Paul Bossu and at the communal level, 5.16% at Louvain-la-Neuve, the list led by Lionel Dricot. The pirates at Ottigines list-Louvain-la-Neuve were only 14 votes short of a seat.

2014 federal and regional elections[edit]

In the federal election of 25 May 2014, the Pirate Party participated in the Flemish constituencies of Antwerp (0.98%), East Flanders (0.82%) and Limburg (0.71%) as well as the Walloon constituencies of Hainaut (0.80%) and Liège (0.63%).

In the simultaneous regional elections, the Pirate Party had candidates for the four major constituencies (i.e. not Limburg or Brussels) for the Flemish Parliament, and received 25,986 votes (0.62%) in total. For the Walloon Parliament, the party only competed in the constituency of Nivelles where they received 3,612 votes (1.54% in the constituency, 0.18% for the entire election). Their result was again strongest in Louvain-la-Neuve with 2.49% in that municipality. The Pirate Party also competed in the French language group for the Brussels Parliament, where they received 3,026 votes (0.74%).

2018 local elections[edit]

In the 2018 Belgian local elections, the Pirate Party presented a shared list with Volt Belgium under the name "Paars" ("Purple") in several municipalities, gaining 1,476 in Antwerp and less than one thousand in Brussels.[4]


  1. ^ "Programma" (in Dutch). Pirate Party Belgium. 2010-05-04. Archived from the original on 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  2. ^ "22 Pirate Parties from all over the world officially founded the Pirate Parties International". Pirate Parties International. 2010-04-21. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  3. ^ "List of candidates election district Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde" (PDF) (in Dutch). Federal Government of Belgium. 2010-05-18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  4. ^ Kandolo, StampMedia - Lieven Miguel. "Nieuwe progressieve partij Volt komt op voor gemeenteraadsverkiezingen". Gazet van Antwerpen (in Flemish). Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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