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Karel De Gucht

Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister

Belgium

Karel De Gucht has been European Commissioner for Trade since February 2010.

Political career

2009 - 2010 : European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid

2008 – 2009 : Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium

2006 – 2009 : Mayor of Berlare and Chairman of the Municipal Council 1

2004 – 2009 : Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs

2007 – 2009 : Minister for International Trade

2003 – 2009 : Member of the Belgian House of Representatives

1999 – 2004 : National President of the VLD (Flemish Liberal and Democratic Party)

1995 – 2003 : Member of the Flemish Parliament

1994 – 1995 : Senator

1989 – 2009 : Municipal Councillor at Berlare 2

1985 – 1988 : National Vice-President of the PVV (Flemish Party for Freedom and Progress)

1983 – 1988 : Alderman responsible for Finance at Lebbeke

1980 – 1994 : Member of the European Parliament

1977 – 1979 : National President of the Young Flemish Liberal Movement

Since 1977 : Member of the Bureau of the PVV/VLD political party

1975 – 1977 : National President of the Flemish Association of Liberal Students

1974 – 1975 : President of the Flemish Association of Liberal Students in Brussels

Professional career

1976 – 2001 : Lawyer

1991 – 2009 : Professor in European law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Currently gives several hours of lectures in European law (free of charge) at the VUB