Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region

Minister-President of
the Brussels-Capital Region

Rudi Vervoort
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Charles Picqué
Formation 12 June 1989

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The Minister-President of the Brussels Capital-Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest) is the person leading the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region.[1][2] The post is appointed for 5 years along with 4 ministers and 3 "state" secretaries. While being the leader of the Government, the Minister-President also is the president of the College of the Common Community Commission of Brussels.

The Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region should neither be confused with the Governor of Brussels-Capital nor with the mayor of the City of Brussels, which is one of the 19 municipalities of Brussels.

The Minister-President is not counted in the ratio of French-speaking to Dutch-speaking ministers. In practice every Minister-President has been a francophone, though bilingual.


Took office Left office Political Party
1 Charles Picqué (1st term)
(1948– )
12 July 1989 15 July 1999 PS
2 Jacques Simonet (1st term)
15 July 1999 18 October 2000 PRL
3 François-Xavier de Donnea
(1941– )
18 October 2000 6 June 2003 PRL/MR
4 Daniel Ducarme
6 June 2003 18 February 2004 MR
(2) Jacques Simonet (2nd term)
18 February 2004 19 July 2004 MR
(1) Charles Picqué (2nd term)
(1948– )
19 July 2004 7 May 2013 PS
7 Rudi Vervoort
(1958– )
7 May 2013 Incumbent PS


Rudi Vervoort Charles Picqué Jacques Simonet Daniel Ducarme François-Xavier de Donnea Jacques Simonet Charles Picqué

Living former Minister-Presidents

NameTermDate of birthAge
Charles Picqué 1989-1999 & 2004-2013 1 November 1948 68 years, 1 month
François-Xavier de Donnea 2000-2003 29 April 1941 75 years, 7 months

See also


  1. "The Belgian Constitution (English version)" (PDF). Belgian House of Representatives. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. Article 3: Belgium comprises three Regions: the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region and the Brussels region. Article 4: Belgium comprises four linguistic regions: the Dutch-speaking region, the French speaking region, the bilingual region of Brussels-Capital and the German-speaking region.
  2. "Brussels-Capital Region: Creation". Centre d'Informatique pour la Région Bruxelloise (Brussels Regional Informatics Center). 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. Since 18 June 1989, the date of the first regional elections, the Brussels-Capital Region has been an autonomous region comparable to the Flemish and Walloon Regions. (All text and all but one graphic show the English name as Brussels-Capital Region.)
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