Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven VANACKERE

Steven Vanackere is currently Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reform. He was born in Wevelgem (4 February 1964) and is married.

Steven Vanackere, who has a Degree in Political Sciences, Law and Economics, soon became involved with politics and worked inter alia as an advisor to Herman Van Rompuy (then Chairman of the Christian-democratic party, now President of the European Council) and as Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Budget, Finance and External Relations of the Brussels Capital Region Government. Steven Vanackere was also Managing Director of the Port of Brussels and Deputy Director General of MIVB/STIB, the urban public transport company of Brussels.

Steven Vanackere became member of the Flemish Regional Parliament in 2004 and after only three years became Minister of Welfare, Public Health and Family Affairs in the Flemish Regional Government. In 2008 Steven Vanackere transferred to the Belgian federal level and swore the oath as Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Belgian Minister of the Civil Service, Public Enterprise and Institutional Reform. He became Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 2009.