Wilmès Government

The Wilmès Government is the current caretaker[1] Federal Government of Belgium, led by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, the first ever female Prime Minister of Belgium.

Wilmès Government

96th cabinet of Belgium (since 1830)
Date formed27 October 2019
People and organisations
Head of statePhilippe of Belgium
Head of governmentSophie Wilmès
No. of ministers12
Member parties
Status in legislatureCaretaker cabinet
Election(s)2014 Belgian federal election
Legislature term(s)2014-2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • continuing resolution (3rd)
PredecessorMichel II

The creation of the Wilmès Government was announced on 26 October 2019, when previous Prime Minister Charles Michel announced he would be succeeded by Sophie Wilmès ultimately on 1 November 2019, effectively forming a new government.[2] Charles Michel left his post as he had been elected to become the next President of the European Council as from 1 December 2019 and wanted to have sufficient time to prepare for his role as President of the European Council hence leaving already by November.

The Wilmès Government is governing as a caretaker government, until a new cabinet is formed based on the results of the federal elections of 26 May 2019, for which negotiations are still ongoing. Hence the government is a continuation of the centre minority coalition cabinet of Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V), the Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open Vld) and the Reformist Movement (MR) which together constituted the Michel II Government.


The composition of the government is similar to that of the Michel II Government, with the only differences being Sophie Wilmès taking over the role of Charles Michel as Prime Minister and David Clarinval coming in to replace Wilmès as Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy.

Prime Minister
Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès27 October 2019IncumbentMR
Deputy Prime Ministers
Minister of Justice and Director of Buildings Koen Geens27 October 2019IncumbentCD&V
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Beliris and European Affairs Didier Reynders27 October 201930 November 2019MR
Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy David Clarinval30 November 2019IncumbentMR
Minister of Development Cooperation, Finance and fighting Fiscal Fraud Alexander De Croo27 October 2019IncumbentOpen Vld
Minister of Administrative Simplification, Digital Agenda, Postal Services and Telecom Philippe De Backer27 October 2019IncumbentOpen Vld
Minister of the Interior and Safety Pieter De Crem27 October 2019IncumbentCD&V
Minister of Asylum, Migration, Health and Social Affairs Maggie De Block27 October 2019IncumbentOpen Vld
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Disabled Persons, Economy,
Employment, Equal Rights and Fighting Poverty
 Nathalie Muylle27 October 2019IncumbentCD&V
Minister of the Middle Class, SMEs, Self-employed,
Agriculture, Social Integration and Urban Policy
 Denis Ducarme27 October 2019IncumbentMR
Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy David Clarinval27 October 201930 November 2019MR
Minister of Pensions Daniel Bacquelaine27 October 2019IncumbentMR
Minister of Mobility and the National Railway Company François Bellot27 October 2019IncumbentMR
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence and European Affairs Philippe Goffin30 November 2019IncumbentMR
Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Marie-Christine Marghem27 October 2019IncumbentMR

Changes in composition


  1. https://www.politico.eu/article/sophie-wilmes-to-replace-charles-michel-as-belgian-pm/
  2. "Sophie Wilmès (MR) wordt nieuwe premier in lopende zaken: "Alles aan doen om de stabiliteit te verzekeren"" [Sophie Wilmès (MR) to become new Prime Minister of caretaker cabinet: "Give it all to ensure stability"] (in Dutch). vrt.be. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. vrtnws.be. "Philippe Goffin vervangt Didier Reynders (MR) als minister in de federale regering" [Philippe Goffin replaces Didier Reynders (MR) as minister in federal government].
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