Guy Verhofstadt

Country: Belgium

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Biography of Guy Verhofstadt

Biography Guy Verhofstadt was born in 1953, and attended school and university in Ghent, Belgium, where he studied law. In 1972, he became President of the Liberal Flemish Students' Union in Ghent and, four years later, was elected as a City Councillor there. Keen to follow his interest in national politics, Guy went on to take a number of high profile posts including Political Secretary to Willy De Clercq, National President of the Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV), an MP in the House of Representatives, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Budget, a Senator, and National President of the PVV and National President of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD). In July 1999, he became Prime Minister of Belgium, heading three separate governments over the course of nearly ten years.

 In June 2009, Guy Verhofstadt was elected to the European Parliament where he pursues his interests in European politics after winning the unanimous support of the ALDE Group in their leadership contest.

 In addition to his duties as a politician, Guy has written a number of books including, The United States of Europe (2006), The New Age of Empires (2008) and Emerging from the Crisis: How Europe can Save the World (2009).

 Guy Verhofstadt is married to Dominique Verkinderen.  They live in Ghent and have two children, Charlotte and Louis. Curriculum Vitae Education: Secondary school: Classics (Latin-Greek) Koninklijk Atheneum Ghent (1970) Master in Law University of Ghent (1975) Professional Career: Former attorney at law at the Bar of Ghent Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of APG-Nederland (2009-). Non- Executive and Independent Director of Exmar NV (2010- ) Member of the Board of Sofina (2012-) President of the Board of Directors of EIPA (2013-) Political Career: 1972-73                                      President of the Liberal Flemish Students’ Union, Ghent 1974-75 1976 -1982                                 Councillor at the city of Ghent 2007 - 2009 1977 - 1981                                Political Secretary of Willy De Clercq, National President of the Party for freedom and progress (PVV) 1978 - 1995                                MP House of Representatives 1979                                            Vice-President PVV, district federation Ghent-Eeklo 1979 - 1981                                National President of the PVV-Youth 1982 - 1985                                National President of the PVV 1985 - 1988                                Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Budget, Scientific Research and the Plan 1988 -  1991                               President of the Shadow Cabinet of the Belgian government 1989 - 1992                                National President of the PVV 1992 -1995                                 National President of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) 30 January 1995                          Minister of State May 1995 - July 1999                  Senator May 1995 - June 1999                 Vice-President of the Senate 1996 - 1997                                Reporter of the Rwanda investigation commission of the Senate June 1997-July 1999                   National President of the VLD (Flemish Liberals & Democrats) July 1999 - March 2008              Prime Minister of Belgium 2009 - ...                                    President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Publications: Citizen’s Manifesto I (1989) Citizen’s Manifesto II (1991):                The road to political renewal Citizen’s Manifesto III(1994):                Fear, envy and the common good Citizen’s Manifesto IV (2006):               Plea  for an open society The United States of Europe (The Federal Trust) (2006) The New Age of Empires (2008) The Financial Crisis. How Europe can save the world (2009) For Europe ! (2012) A manifest for a postnational Europe with Daniel Cohn - Bendit & Jean Quatremer