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HE KRIS PEETERS

FEDERAL DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT, ECONOMY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS IN CHARGE OF FOREIGN TRADE

Born on May 18th, 1962. Married.

POLITICAL CAREER

  • Deputy Prime Minister, federal Government (Belgium) (2014 -)
  • Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs, in charge of Foreign Trade, federal Government (Belgium) (2014 -)
  • Minister-President, Government of Flanders (Belgium) (2009-2014)
  • Minister for Economy, Foreign Policy, Agriculture and Rural Policy, Government of Flanders (Belgium) (2009-2014)
  • Minister-President, Government of Flanders (Belgium) (2007-2009)
  • Minister for Institutional Reform, Administrative Affairs, Foreign Policy, Media, Tourism, Ports, Agriculture, Sea Fisheries and Rural Policy, Government of Flanders (Belgium) (2007-2009)
  • Minister for Public Works, Energy, Environment and Nature, Government of Flanders (Belgium) (2004-2007)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Managing Director, UNIZO (Organisation of Self-Employed and SMEs) (1999-2004)
  • Secretary General, UNIZO, Brussels (1994-1999)         
  • Director Research Department, UNIZO, Brussels (1991-1994)         
  • Lecturer, Limburg University Centre, Hasselt (1989-1991)
  • Counsellor fiscal matters, UNIZO, Brussels (1988-1991)         
  • Lawyer, Storme, Leroy, Van Parys and Doolaege, Ghent (1986-1988)         

EDUCATION

  • Special degree in Accountancy and Tax Law, Vlerick School of Management, Ghent
  • M.A. in Law, University of Antwerp, Antwerp
  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of Antwerp, Antwerp

HONORARY TITLES

  • Honorary Degree, Moscow Sate Institute of International Relations (2008)
  • Honorary Managing Director, UNIZO (2005)
  • Honorary Secretary-General, FVIB (Federation of self-employed professionals) (2005)
  • Honorary President, FBS (Flanders Business School) (2005)
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