Council of Ministers (Belgium)

The Council of Ministers (French: Conseil des ministres; Dutch: Ministerraad) is the supreme executive organ of the Federal Government of the Kingdom of Belgium. It is a cabinet composed of the Prime Minister, who leads it, and up to fourteen senior ministers.[1] Federal secretaries of state (junior ministers) are members of the government, but not part of the Council.[2] The King of Belgium historically presided over the Council, but this has not happened since 1957.[3] The Council of Ministers formally became a permanent policy structure with the constitutional revision of 1970.[4]

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  1. Article 99 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Belgium
  2. Article 104 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Belgium
  3. "Ministerraad" (in Dutch). FOD Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. Guy Coppieters (2008). "Voorbereidend studiedossier van de archiefselectielijst" (PDF) (in Dutch). Archief van de FOD Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister. p. 143. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
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