Bert Anciaux

Bert Jozef Herman Vic Anciaux (born 11 September 1959) is a Belgian politician, a founder and former member of Spirit (later known as the Flemish Progressives, then the Social Liberal Party, or SLP). Served as Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport in the Flemish Government from 2004 until 2009, he was also Minister for relations with the Brussels-Capital Region and the Brussels Parliament (Dutch: Minister voor Brusselse Aangelegenheden).

Bert Anciaux
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Bert Jozef Herman Vic Anciaux

(1959-09-11) 11 September 1959 (age 60)

Political careerEdit

Volksunie (1987–1998)Edit

Anciaux was born into a political family. His father Vic Anciaux [nl] was chairman of the Volksunie (VU), a nationalist party, from 1979 until 1985. Bert first held office as a councilman in the City of Brussels in 1987, and in 1991 became a member of the provincial council of Flemish Brabant. He became chairman of the Volksunie in 1992, serving until 1998. From 1995 to 1999 he sat in the Belgian Senate.

Volksunie-iD21 (1998–2001)Edit

Following the 1998 White Marches provoked by the publication of official reports on the Affaire Dutroux, Anciaux founded the think-tank, later political group, iD21, which aimed to confront the corruption and incompetence which the Dutroux affair had brought to light. In the 1999 Belgian general election, the combined Volksunie-iD21 list gained 8% of the vote, up from around 5% in 1995. Anciaux was elected to the European Parliament.

Spirit / Flemish Progressives (2001–2009)Edit

With the collapse of the Volksunie in 2001, split between left and right factions led by Anciaux and Geert Bourgeois which became Spirit and New-Flemish Alliance (NV-A) respectively. A number of iD21 members joined Agalev, the Flemish green party, rather than Spirit. At this time, Anciaux acquired the nickname "The Whiner" as he broke out in tears every so often.

In 2002 Anciaux stepped down as Minister for Culture in the Flemish government. Following the 2003 Federal election, where Anciaux and Spirit ran in a cartel with Socialist Party Different (SP.a), he was appointed Federal transport minister. In July 2004, he resigned this post and returned to his present position as Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport in Flanders.

SP.A (2009–present)Edit

In 2008 he left his party and has expressed the desire to launch a new "Social Project". He then joined the Flemish social-democratic party SP.a.



  1. ^ Belgian Senate, Biography

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