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Didier J.L. Reynders (born 6 August 1958) is a Belgian politician and a member of the Mouvement Réformateur (MR). He was Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister for Finance and Institutional Reforms in the Van Rompuy I Government, which took office on 30 December 2008.[1] Since 2011 he has been Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2] In December 2018 he also became Minister of Defence.

Didier Reynders
Didier Reynders in Iranian Parliament 02.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
6 December 2011
Prime MinisterElio Di Rupo
Charles Michel
Preceded bySteven Vanackere
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
9 December 2018
Prime MinisterCharles Michel
Preceded bySander Loones
Minister of Finance
In office
12 July 1999 – 6 December 2011
Prime MinisterGuy Verhofstadt
Yves Leterme
Herman Van Rompuy
Yves Leterme
Preceded byJean-Jacques Viseur
Succeeded bySteven Vanackere
Personal details
Born (1958-08-06) 6 August 1958 (age 60)
Liège, Belgium
Political partyReformist Movement
Alma materUniversity of Liège


Life and careerEdit

Reynders meeting with Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, February 21, 2019

He was born in Liège as the youngest in a family of three children. He studied law at the University of Liège. He served as Chairman of the NMBS / SNCB from 1986 to 1991. He served as Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2011; in 2002, he chaired the G-10 which is the meeting of the main creditor states (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States).[3] He became Deputy Prime Minister in 2004. He was the chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur from 2004 to 2011.

Reynders led the MR to a victory in the 2007 election, with the MR becoming the largest Francophone party of Belgium. The Belgian King appointed Reynders as informateur, i.e. to start off the informal coalition talks for a new federal government.[4]

Stalemate followed the 2010 general election. The King appointed a succession of people to negotiate a coalition from June 2010 onwards, but none succeeded in the task of forming a new government during the following seven months. Reynders was appointed informateur by the King on 2 February 2011. He reported on 16 February 2011, and his brief was extended through 1 March 2011.

Other activitiesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (PDF) (in Dutch and French). The Belgian Official Journal. 2008-03-21. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  2. ^ Gianasso, Alexandre (2 February 2015). "6 questions with Didier Reynders, Belgium's Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister". Affairs Today. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ HEC Europe Symposium: Didier Reynders HEC Europe Institute, Paris.
  4. ^ "King picks Mr Reynders as "informateur"". VRT Nieuws. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
  5. ^ Members European Council on Foreign Relations.
  6. ^ "Nicolas Sarkozy a remis la Légion d'honneur à Didier Reynders". 27 March 2013.
  7. ^ arrêtés royaux du 21 mai 2014
  8. ^ "Belgieninfo – Didier Reynders mit Bundesverdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet".
  9. ^ "La Chambre des représentants de Belgique". Archived from the original on 1 December 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Didier Reynders at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Jacques Viseur
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Steven Vanackere
Preceded by
Steven Vanackere
Minister of Foreign Affairs