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Belgium and its ‘semi-new’ education ministerial trio

After 153 days from elections, as of 11 October Belgium has a new Federal Government and this is good news. However, long before this agreement was reached at the Federal level, Belgium was enjoying already its three Ministers of Education and Research. In fact, the field of Education is separate competence of the three communities composing the Belgian Federation: the Flemish, the Walloon and the German-speaking community.

Flanders already picked Ms. Hilde Urbanie Julia Crevits as its own minister of Education since the end of July. Born in 1967, Ms. Crevits graduated from Ghent University as a Licentiate of Law in 1990. She subsequently became a lawyer and entered into politics as member of the Christian Democratic Flemish party.

The Minister of Education, Culture and Childhood for the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels is Ms. Joëlle F.G.M. Milquet, also from the Christian-Democrat party. She studied classics at the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Andrew in Charleroi, before going on to graduate in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 1984. In 1985, she took a post-graduate diploma in European law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Mr. Harald Mollers is instead Minister for Education, Training and Employment for the German-speaking Community. He studied history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and graduated in 2000 with a teaching certificate for secondary education (enseignement secondaire supérieur de l'Agrégation - AESS). Before entering into politics, Mr. Moller worked for Dexia Bank, and was also Chairman of the Music Association Födekam.