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HE PIETER DE CREM

FEDERAL SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN TRADE

Born on July 22nd, 1962 in Aalter

Married to Caroline Bergez and father of Constantijn, Alicia and Victoria

EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts, Romanic Philology at KU Leuven – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Master of European and International Law at VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Alumnus of Harvard Business School – Advanced Management Program

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

  • Special Envoy of the Federal Government for the research project MYRRHA of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (2017 - )
  • Secretary of State for Foreign Trade (Oct 2014 - )
  • Deputy Prime Minister (March 2013 – Oct 2014)
  • Minister of Defence (Dec 2007 – Oct 2014)
  • Member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
  • Commander in the Order of Leopold
  • Chairman of the Commission for the Interior at the House of Representatives between 10 June 2007 and 21 December 2007
  • Chairman of CD&V parliamentary party at the House of Representatives between 31 May 2003 and 21 December 2007
  • CD&V Member of Parliament of the constituency for Oost-Vlaanderen (East-Flanders) since 2003, re-elected in 2007
  • CVP Member of Parliament of the constituency for Ghent-Eeklo, 1995, re-elected in 1999
  • Mayor of Aalter since 1995, re-elected in 2000, 2006, and 2012
  • Advisor in “De fabrieken van de Gebroeders De Beukelaar”, 1993-1994
  • Assistant in Roularta Media Group, 1987-1989
  • Attaché at the private office of Minister of Defence Leo Delcroix, 1992-1993
  • Attaché at the private office of Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, 1989-1992
  • Chairman of the youth CVP (Christelijke Volkspartij – Christian People’s Party) section Ghent-Eeklo, 1989-1995

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Pieter De Crem is a Dutch native speaker. He speaks and writes fluently in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. He also has a basic knowledge of Russian.

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