Koen Geens

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Koen Geens
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Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Prime MinisterCharles Michel
Sophie Wilmès
Preceded byKris Peeters
Minister of Justice
Assumed office
11 October 2014
Prime MinisterCharles Michel
Sophie Wilmès
Preceded byAnnemie Turtelboom
Minister of Finance
In office
5 March 2013 – 11 October 2014
Prime MinisterElio Di Rupo
Preceded bySteven Vanackere
Succeeded byJohan Van Overtveldt
Personal details
Born (1958-01-22) 22 January 1958 (age 61)
Merksem, Belgium
Political partyChristian Democratic and Flemish
Alma materUniversity of Antwerp
Catholic University of Leuven
Harvard University

Koen Geens (born 22 January 1958 in Merksem) is a Belgian Flemish politician and member of Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V). He is the current Minister of Justice in the Belgian federal cabinet. Since July 2019 he also serves as Deputy Prime Minister.

Geens studied at the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), where he received his law degree in 1980, and at Harvard University where he received an LL.M. Since 1986 Geens has become a professor at the KU Leuven. In 2009 Geens was a candidate for rector of the KU Leuven but lost out to Mark Waer.

Koen Geens is a co-founder of Eubelius [nl], an independent lawfirm in Belgium with offices in Antwerp, Brussels and Kortrijk.

From 2007 to 2009 Koen Geens served as chief of staff to the Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters. When Steven Vanackere resigned in March 2013 as Minister of Finance, Geens was appointed as his successor. In October 2014 he became Minister of Justice in the Michel Government. In addition, he chairs the European People's Party’s Justice Ministers Meeting.[1]

Geens is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and Academia Europaea.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Vanackere
Minister of Finance
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Johan Van Overtveldt
Preceded by
Maggie De Block
Minister of Justice
2014–present
Incumbent