Charles Michel

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Charles Michel
Official portrait, 2019
President of the European Council
Assumed office
1 December 2019
Preceded byDonald Tusk
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
11 October 2014 – 27 October 2019
DeputyJan Jambon
Kris Peeters
Koen Geens
Didier Reynders
Alexander De Croo
Preceded byElio Di Rupo
Succeeded bySophie Wilmès
President of the Reformist Movement
In office
18 February 2019 – 29 November 2019
Preceded byOlivier Chastel
Succeeded byGeorges-Louis Bouchez
In office
14 February 2011 – 10 October 2014
Preceded byDidier Reynders
Succeeded byOlivier Chastel
Minister of Development Cooperation
In office
21 December 2007 – 14 February 2011
Prime MinisterGuy Verhofstadt
Yves Leterme
Herman Van Rompuy
Preceded byArmand De Decker
Succeeded byOlivier Chastel
Personal details
Charles Yves Jean Ghislaine Michel

(1975-12-21) 21 December 1975 (age 48)
Namur, Belgium
Political partyReformist Movement
Other political
ALDE Party
Spouse(s)Amélie Derbaudrenghien
FatherLouis Michel
Alma materUniversité libre de Bruxelles
University of Amsterdamˈ

Charles Yves Jean Ghislaine Michel (born December 21, 1975) is a Belgian lawyer and politician of the Mouvement réformateur. From October 11, 2014 through October 27, 2019, he was the Prime Minister of Belgium.

Former European Commissioner Louis Michel is his father.

Michel studied at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Amsterdam. He successively worked as a lawyer in Brussels.

He held several political posts like government minister of Development Cooperation and an alderman and mayor of Wavre.

When he became the Prime Minister of Belgium in 2014, Michel was the youngest Belgian Prime Minister in 173 years since Jean-Baptiste Nothomb in 1841, and was only the second Francophone liberal to become Prime Minister.[1][2]

On 2 July 2019, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced a deal reached by EU Leaders which would make Michel his replacement and took office on 1 December 2019.[3]

In January 2024, he announced he would resign as president of the European Council to run in the 2024 election, before reversing his decision within the same month, saying he would finish his current term.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dit waren de jongste en de oudste eerste ministers van ons land" [These were the youngest and oldest prime ministers of our country]. Het Belang van Limburg (in Dutch). 8 October 2014.
  2. "BIOGRAFIE. Charles Michel wordt jongste premier uit Belgische geschiedenis" [BIOGRAPHY. Charles Michel becomes the youngest Prime Minister in Belgian history]. De Standaard (in Dutch). 7 October 2014.
  3. Europese knoop ontward: Charles Michel wordt voorzitter van de Europese Raad
  4. "EU's Charles Michel to quit Council presidency, run as MEP – DW – 01/07/2024". Retrieved 2024-01-07.
  5. "Charles Michel pulls out of EU election race – Politico – 01/26/2024". 26 January 2024. Retrieved 2024-01-26.

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