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HE PIETER DE CREM

Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade

Born on 22 July 1962 in Aalter

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

EDUCATION

  • Master of Romanic Philology at KU Leuven – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Dutch-speaking Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Master of European and international Law at VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels)
  • Alumni of the Harvard Business School

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

  • 1987-1989: Assistant in Roularta Media Group
  • 1989-1995: Chairman of the youth CVP (Christelijke Volkspartij – Christian People’s Party) Section Ghent–Eeklo
  • 1989-1992: Attaché at the private office of Prime Minister Wilfried Martens
  • 1992-1993: Attaché at the private office of Minister of Defense Leo Delcroix
  • 1993-1994: Adviser in “De fabrieken van de Gebroeders De Beukelaar”
  • Since 1995: Mayor of Aalter, re-elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012.
  • 1995: CVP Member of Parliament of the constituency for Ghent-Eeklo, re-elected in 1999
  • Since 2003: CD&V Member of Parliament of the constituency for Oost-Vlaanderen (East–Flanders), re-elected in 2007
  • 31 May 2003 - 21 December 2007:Chairman of CD&V parliamentary party at the House of Representatives
  • 10 June 2007 - 21 December 2007: Chairman of the Commission for the Interior at the House of Representatives
  • Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE
  • 21 December 2007 – 10 October 2014: Minister of Defense
  • 5 March 2013 – 10 October 2014: Deputy Prime Minister
  • Since 10 October 2014: Federal Secretary of State for Foreign Trade
  • Commander in the Order of Leopold

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Pieter De Crem is 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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