Commissioner for Justice and Consumers
Didier Reynders was appointed European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection, on 1 December 2019. A father of four, he was born in Liège in 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became European Commissioner for Justice. After presiding over Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992. In 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 2011) and, in 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 2019). He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 2004 until 2011, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 2011 until 2014 and became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions in 2014 (until 2019). He has also been Minister of Defense since 2018.