© Julie de Bellaing

ABOUT ME

I was born in Ixelles on 15 January 1975. I spent my childhood in Grez-Doiceau (Wallonia) and my adolescence and student days in Brussels, before settling down in Sint-Genesius-Rode.

Following my degree in Applied Communication – Advertising at the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS), I became a financial officer at the European Commission and obtained a further degree, this time in Financial Management, through night classes at the Institut Supérieur de Commerce Saint-Louis. I then joined a law firm as a financial and economic advisor.

After being elected an alderwoman on Sint-Genesius-Rhode Municipal Council for the first time, I decided to focus completely on my work for the municipality. Pursuing my political activities, I was subsequently elected to the Flemish Brabant Provincial Council and then to the Chamber of Representatives (the lower house of the Belgian Federal Parliament) and the chair of the French-speaking liberal Reformist Movement party (MR) in the municipalities surrounding Brussels.

I joined the Federal Government on 21 September 2015, holding the role of Minister of the Budget and Civil Service, in charge of the National Lottery and Science Policy.

I have been the Prime Minister of Belgium since 27 October 2019.


My political and career choices have always been inspired by a desire to work for the benefit of the community. Day in, day out, I dynamically, diligently and transparently endeavour to improve everyone’s day-to-day lives. My political actions are guided by the liberal values that have always been upheld by MR.

Beyond my keen interest in financial and economic matters, I continue to pay close attention to societal issues in the broadest sense: family life, the work-life balance, gender equality, education, sport, and assistance and support for those in ill health and older people.

Alongside my commitment to the unity of my country and to its various communities, I am a passionate advocate of a free society in which everyone’s rights are respected. As someone whose husband is Australian and whose children are being educated in Dutch, I very much cherish linguistic and cultural diversity as one of Belgium’s great assets.

More generally, I am committed to playing an active role in building a civic, responsible and sustainable society where everyone feels safe and can freely realise their full potential.

Achieving this goal is no quick fix. However, I firmly believe that expanding the number of both public and private initiatives to this end will ultimately make the difference, ensuring that Belgium can hold its head high as a country with a robust economy and an ever improving quality of life for all.

Political life

  • Since 2019 – Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Since 2007 – Member of Sint-Genesius-Rode Municipal Council (serving as First Alderwoman from 2007 to 2015) and member of the local police board for the Rode – Linkebeek – Drogenbos zone
  • Since 2013 – Chair of the French-speaking liberal Reformist Movement party (MR) in the municipalities surrounding Brussels
  • From 2015 to 2019, I was Minister of the Budget, in charge of the National Lottery from 21 September 2015, and additionally of the Civil Service and in charge of Science Policy from December 2018.
  • From 15 October 2014 to 21 September 2015, I was a member of the Federal Parliament.
  • From 2007 to 2015, I served as First Alderwoman, in charge of finance, the budget, French-speaking education, the local economy, early childhood, and communication, on Sint-Genesius-Rode Municipal Council.
  • From 2013 to 2014, I was head of the Union of Francophones (UF) group on Flemish Brabant Provincial Council and represented the Municipality of Sint-Genesius-Rode on Finilek’s Board of Directors.
  • From 2007 to 2013, I also served as a director at the intermunicipal water company IWVB.

Having been elected to Uccle Municipal Council in 2000, I also sat as an ex officio political representative on various boards of directors at both local and regional levels:

  • Chair of Service Ucclois à la Jeunesse, a non-profit organisation arranging activities for young people in Uccle aged 18 and under
  • Deputy Chair of Prévention-Animation Socio-culturelle (PAS), a non-profit organisation laying on social and cultural events and preventive activities in the municipality of Uccle’s most deprived neighbourhoods
  • Member of the Commission Communale de l’Accueil (CCA), a committee working on improving early childhood care in the municipality of Uccle
  • Director at the Agence Locale pour l’Emploi (ALE), a local agency helping jobseekers back onto the labour market
  • Director at the Maison de la Francité, an institution promoting the French language and the global French-speaking community
  • Uccle Municipal Council representative at the cable TV company Brutélé
  • Member of the Audit Committee at Sibelga (intermunicipal gas and electricity distribution system operator for the Brussels-Capital Region) (paid position)

Curriculum vitae

  • Prime Minister of Belgium since October 2019
  • Minister of the Budget and Civil Service, in charge of the National Lottery and Science Policy from 2015 to 2019
  • Member of Sint-Genesius-Rode Municipal Council since 2007, serving as First Alderwoman (finance, the budget, French-speaking education, communication and the local economy) from 2007 to 2015
  • Member of the local police board for the Rode – Linkebeek – Drogenbos zone since 2007
  • Member of the Belgian Federal Parliament (member of the Finance & Budget, Defence, and Economy & Employment committees) from 2014 to 2015
  • Head of the Union of Francophones (UF) group on Flemish Brabant Provincial Council from 2013 to 2014
  • Director at Finilek from 2013 to 2014
  • Director at the intermunicipal water company IWVB from 2007 to 2013
  • Chair of the French-speaking liberal Reformist Movement party (MR) in the municipalities surrounding Brussels since 2013
  • Chair of the Sint-Genesius-Rode branch of MR from 2009 to 2013
  • Member of Uccle Municipal Council from 2000 to 2005
  • Chair of the Uccle non-profit youth organisation Service Ucclois à la Jeunesse from 2000 to 2005
  • Economic and financial advisor in a business law firm from September 2005 to January 2007
  • Financial Officer at the European Commission, handling projects relating to development cooperation in Asia and subsequently projects relating to EU enlargement, between 1998 and 2003
  • Risk Management course at ICHEC Entreprise in 2006
  • Special degree in Financial Management at the Institut Supérieur de Commerce Saint-Louis in 2002
  • Degree in Applied Communication – Advertising and Marketing at the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS) in 1997

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