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#Yes2Belgium Election Debate: Meet the panelists

On April 3, AmCham Belgium and 11 other Chambers of Commerce will bring together top-level speakers from 10 political parties to address the concerns of the international business community in Belgium.

How can we make Belgium more attractive for foreign investment? How can we get more companies to say #Yes2Belgium? The European, federal and regional elections on May 26 are an opportunity to turn today’s biggest challenges for the international business community in Belgium into new opportunities.

Join the conversation around mobility, taxation, talent and other pressing issues at our #Yes2Belgium Election Debate on April 3. This is a unique event on the political calendar:

  • It is jointly organized by 12 different Chambers of Commerce, representing the main foreign investors in Belgium.
  • It is a great opportunity to network with stakeholders from across the political spectrum, members of other Chambers of Commerce, C-level executives and public affairs experts.
  • It features leading personalities from 10 different political parties, who will directly address the international business community, in English.

Curious to know more? Get to know our confirmed speakers so far:


Wouter Beke (CD&V) – CD&V party president, Member of the Federal Parliament and Mayor of Leopoldsburg
A Senator between 2004 and 2014 and a member of the Chamber of Representatives since 2014, Wouter Beke has an extensive career in politics.
He is familiar with economic issues thanks to his time in the Senate Commission of Finance and Economics. In May, Wouter Beke will be the top candidate on the CD&V federal list in Limburg.


Joëlle Milquet (cdH) – Member of the Brussels Parliament and Special Adviser to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
Currently a Member of the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region, Joëlle Milquet has also been Special Adviser to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker since 2017.
A Senator between 1999 and 2008 and party leader between 1999 and 2011, she served twice as a federal Minister between 2008 and 2014, first as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Work,
then as Minister of the Interior.


Cécile Jodogne (DéFI) – Brussels State Secretary for Foreign Trade and Minister in the French Community Government
After graduating in geographic sciences and economics, Cécile Jodogne soon became politically active at the local level.
She was elected to the Brussels Parliament in 2009 and has served as regional Secretary of State since 2014. On May 26, she will be the third candidate on DéFI’s regional list in Brussels.

Gilles Vanden Burre (Ecolo) – Member of the Federal Parliament
After graduating in civil engineering, Gilles Vanden Burre worked in the banking sector and in the material technology industry.
He has been a Member of the Federal Parliament since 2015, where his work focuses on matters related to SMEs, the economy and infrastructure.
He will be the second candidate on Ecolo’s federal list in Brussels.

Johan Van Overtveldt (N-VA) – former Minister of Finance
After earning his PhD in applied economics, Johan Van Overtveldt went on to have a successful career in journalism and business before joining politics.
He served as Minister of Finance between 2014 and 2018. The author of many books, he is also professor at the University of Hasselt.
Van Overtveldt will be third on N-VA’s European list.

Marc Tarabella (PS) - Member of the European Parliament 
After his studies, Marc Tarabella worked in Walloon ministerial Cabinets, and then was elected as Mayor of Anthisnes in 1994. In 2004 he joined the European Parliament, and later became Minister for Training in the Walloon Government and Frech Community Minister for Eduction, Social Advancement and Youth, until 2009. He then returned to the European Parliament, focusing on consumer protection, agriculture and gender equality. 
In May, he will be a candidate for the European Elections. 

Stay tuned: the names of the four remaining speakers will be announced soon!


Do you want to be part of the conversation? Join us on April 3!