Minister-President of Flanders

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Minister-President of Flanders
Arms of Flanders.svg
Coat of Arms
Flag of Flanders.svg
The Flemish Lion
The official flag of Flanders
Executive branch of the Flemish Government
Member of Flemish Government
Residence Errera House
Koningsstraat 14
Brussels, Belgium
Seat Martyrs' Square 19
Brussels, Belgium
Appointer King of the Belgians
Term length Five years
Constituting instrument Constitution of Belgium
Precursor President of the Flemish Executive
Inaugural holder Gaston Geens
Formation 22 December 1981
Deputy Liesbeth Homans
Hilde Crevits
Annemie Turtelboom
Salary €242,000 annually[1]

The Minister-President of Flanders (Dutch: Minister-president van Vlaanderen) is the head of the Flemish Government, which is the executive branch of the Flemish Region and Flemish Community (see the communities, regions and language areas of Belgium).

The incumbent Minister-President is Geert Bourgeois, head of the Bourgeois Government (Regering-Bourgeois) since July 2014.

The Errera House, the official residence of the Flemish minister-president and ministers
The cabinet offices are located at the Martyrs' Square in Brussels


Following the election of the Flemish Parliament, a Flemish Government is formed with a maximum of eleven ministers. The largest party in the government coalition may choose the minister-president. Following the oath of office of all ministers before the Flemish Parliament, the minister-president alone takes the oath of office before the King as well.

Regional elections are held every 5 years. The Flemish Parliament was elected directly for the first time in 1995. Prior to 1995, the members of the Flemish Parliament were the members of the Dutch language group of the Federal Parliament of Belgium.


No. Portrait Name
Term of office Party Election Government
1 Gaston Geens
22 December 1981 21 January 1992 CVP 1981 Geens I CVP, PVV, SP, VU
1985 Geens II CVP, PVV
1987 Geens III CVP, PVV
2 Flickr - europeanpeoplesparty - EPP Congress Bonn (630) (cropped).jpg Luc Van den Brande
(born 1945)
21 January 1992 13 July 1999 CVP 1991 Van den Brand I CVP, SP
Van den Brand II CVP, SP, VU
Van den Brand III CVP, SP, VU
1995 Van den Brand IV CVP, SP
3 Patrick Dewael
(born 1955)
13 July 1999 5 June 2003 VLD 1999 Dewael VLD, SP, Agalev, VU-ID
4 Bart Somers (cropped).jpg Bart Somers
(born 1964)
11 June 2003 20 July 2004 VLD Somers VLD, sp.a, Groen!, Spirit
5 Yves Leterme campagne foto cropped.jpg Yves Leterme
(born 1960)
20 July 2004 28 June 2007 CVP 2004 Leterme CVP, sp.a-Spirit, VLD-Vivant, N-VA
6 Kris-peeters-1391318830 (cropped).jpg Kris Peeters
(born 1962)
28 June 2007 25 July 2014 CVP Peeters I CD&V, sp.a-Spirit, VLD, N-VA
2009 Peeters II CD&V, sp.a, N-VA
7 Geert Bourgeois.jpg Geert Bourgeois
(born 1951)
25 July 2014 Incumbent N-VA 2014 Bourgeois N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld


Geert BourgeoisKris PeetersYves LetermeBart SomersPatrick DewaelLuc Van den BrandeGaston Geens

Living former Minister-Presidents[edit]

Minister-Presidents often go on to join the Federal Government: e.g. Patrick Dewael and Kris Peeters became federal Minister, and Yves Leterme even Prime Minister.

Name Term Date of birth Age
Luc Van den Brande 1992-1999 13 October 1945 72 years, 11 months
Patrick Dewael 1999-2003 13 October 1955 62 years, 11 months
Bart Somers 2003-2004 12 May 1964 54 years, 5 months
Yves Leterme 2004-2007 6 October 1960 58 years
Kris Peeters 2007-2014 18 May 1962 56 years, 4 months

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Geen manager mag meer verdienen dan Kris Peeters, Het Nieuwsblad, Retrieved 2014-07-24.