Guy Verhofstadt is a monument
in Belgian politics.
He made a name for himself as an impassioned party leader and served as the country’s prime minister for almost a decade. Since then, he has been fighting for a strong and united European Union.
As Belgium’s prime minister between 1999 and 2008, Guy Verhofstadt put in place major reforms in the areas of the economy as well as ethical issues. Since he was elected into the European Parliament in 2008, as the leader of the liberal group he has worked tirelessly for a decisive Europe, which assumes its rightful place in a world dominated by continents.
1979 – 1981
National leader Young PVV
1982 – 1982
National leader PVV (Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang or Party for Freedom and Progress)
1985 – 1988
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Budget and Scientific Research
1989 – 1992
National leader PVV
1992 – 1995
National leader VLD (Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten or Flemish Liberals and Democrats, the follow-up name of the PVV as a party)
1997 – 1999
National leader VLD
1999 – 2008
2009 – 2009
Acting leader Open Vld (Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten or Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats, follow-up name of the VLD as a party)
2009 – 2019
Group leader of the Liberals and Democrats at the European Parliament
2016 – 2020
Brexit co-ordinator for the EP and chairman of the Brexit steering committee
Member of the European Parliament
Verhofstadt in the picture
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