Tom Vandenkendelaere

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Tom Vandenkendelaere
Member of the European Parliament
In office
6 November 2014 – 2019
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1984-09-02) 2 September 1984 (age 37)
Political partyChristian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V)

Tom Vandenkendelaere (born 2 September 1984 in Roeselare) is a Belgian politician who has served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2014 until 2019 and again since 2021.[1][2] He is a member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party (CD&V), which sits in the EPP Group.

Political career[edit]

Vandenkendelaere was chairman of the CD&V youth wing from 2013 to 2014.

In 2014, Vandenkendelaere succeeded Marianne Thyssen, who became European Commissioner. In parliament, he served on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), the "Panama Papers" Inquiry Committee (PANA) and the delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China.

Since re-joining the parliament in 2021, Vandenkendelaere has been serving on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence.[3] In addition to his committee assignments, has been a member the parliament's delegation for relations with Iran and chairing the delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[4]

Political positions[edit]

In October 2021, Vandenkendelaere initiated a nonbinding resolution in which a majority of the European Parliament denounced the “illegal arrest” and conviction of Rwandan politician Paul Rusesabagina and urged the EU to ramp up its efforts to secure his release.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Tom VANDENKENDELAERE". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  2. ^ Mia Bartoloni (January 15, 2021), Movers and Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  3. ^ Mia Bartoloni (February 12, 2021), Movers & Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  4. ^ Mia Bartoloni (March 12, 2021), Movers & Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  5. ^ Hans von der Burchard (October 7, 2021), MEPs ‘strongly condemn’ conviction of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Politico Europe.