96th cabinet of Belgium (since 1830)
|Date formed||27 October 2019|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Philippe of Belgium|
|Head of government||Sophie Wilmès|
|No. of ministers||12|
|Status in legislature||Caretaker cabinet|
|Election(s)||2014 Belgian federal election|
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. 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.
|Portfolio||Minister||Took office||Left office||Party|
|Prime Minister||Sophie Wilmès||27 October 2019||Incumbent||MR|
|Deputy Prime Ministers|
|Minister of Justice and Director of Buildings||Koen Geens||27 October 2019||Incumbent||CD&V|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Beliris and European Affairs||Didier Reynders||27 October 2019||30 November 2019||MR|
|Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy||David Clarinval||30 November 2019||Incumbent||MR|
|Minister of Development Cooperation, Finance and fighting Fiscal Fraud||Alexander De Croo||27 October 2019||Incumbent||Open Vld|
|Minister of Administrative Simplification, Digital Agenda, Postal Services and Telecom||Philippe De Backer||27 October 2019||Incumbent||Open Vld|
|Minister of the Interior and Safety||Pieter De Crem||27 October 2019||Incumbent||CD&V|
|Minister of Asylum, Migration, Health and Social Affairs||Maggie De Block||27 October 2019||Incumbent||Open Vld|
|Minister of Consumer Affairs, Disabled Persons, Economy,|
Employment, Equal Rights and Fighting Poverty
|Nathalie Muylle||27 October 2019||Incumbent||CD&V|
|Minister of the Middle Class, SMEs, Self-employed,|
Agriculture, Social Integration and Urban Policy
|Denis Ducarme||27 October 2019||Incumbent||MR|
|Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy||David Clarinval||27 October 2019||30 November 2019||MR|
|Minister of Pensions||Daniel Bacquelaine||27 October 2019||Incumbent||MR|
|Minister of Mobility and the National Railway Company||François Bellot||27 October 2019||Incumbent||MR|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence and European Affairs||Philippe Goffin||30 November 2019||Incumbent||MR|
|Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development||Marie-Christine Marghem||27 October 2019||Incumbent||MR|
Changes in composition
- On 30 November 2019, Philippe Goffin took the place of Didier Reynders, taking over the portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Defence. Reynders left his post to take up the role of European Commissioner for Justice in the Von der Leyen Commission. David Clarinval was appointed the new Deputy Prime Minister for the Mouvement Réformateur
- "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.
- 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].