Management and Administration
The Flemish Parliament elects a speaker every year, at the beginning of the parliamentary session. The speaker of the Flemish Parliament is automatically the president of the Bureau and the Extended Bureau, the management bodies of the Flemish Parliament.The speaker leads the plenary session of the Flemish Parliament and represents parliament. He/she decides whether an initiative of the MPs is valid and admissible.
The current speaker of the Flemish Parliament is mr. Jan Peumans. Born in Maastricht (Netherlands) in 1951, he started his political carreer as a member of the community council of Riemst (Limburg) in 1983. He was elected as a member of the Flemish Parliament in 2004, and has been speaker since 2009.
The Flemish Parliament is managed by an elected body: the Bureau. Every year, the Flemish Representatives elect a Speaker, Deputy Speakers and Secretaries, who together make up the Bureau. The Bureau takes the strategic decisions related to the activities of the Flemish Parliament.
The political organisation of the Parliament is defined by the Bureau, together with the leaders of the political groups: the Extended Bureau. They determine the agenda of the plenary meeting and, in part, they also regulate the activities of the committees.
At the head of the Bureau and the Extended Bureau is the Speaker.
Members of the Bureau
(Numbers between brackets indicate the position in the photograph below)
- Jan Peumans (N-VA) speaker (6)
- Peter Van Rompuy (CD&V) first deputy speaker (7)
- Wilfried Vandaele (N-VA) second deputy speaker (5)
- Marino Keulen (Open Vld) third deputy speaker (8)
- Caroline Gennez(sp·a) fourth deputy speaker (3)
- Nadia Sminate (N-VA) secretary (2)
- Sonja Claes (CD&V) secretary (4)
- Kris Van Dijck (N-VA) secretary (1)
(the person on the right in the photo is Ms Martine Goossens, secretary-general of the parliamentary services)
Members of the extended Bureau
The memebers of the Bureau, plus:
- Matthias Diependaele (N-VA) group leader
- Koen Van den Heuvel (CD&V) group leader
- Bart Somers (Open Vld) group leader
- Joris Vandenbroucke (sp.a) group leader
- Björn Rzoska (Groen) group leader
- Chris Janssens (Vlaams Belang) group leader
The parliamentary services of the Flemish Parliament are directed by a Secretary-General, who is assisted by the Executive Council: the assembly of the executive directors of the various departments. Some of the duties of the Bureau have been delegated to the Executive Council.
Parliamentary Services consist of four departments and the office of the secretary-general. General mailadress and phone of the parliamentary services:
t +32 2 552 11 11
f +32 2 552 11 22
Martine Goossens is secretary-general of the Flemish Parliament. The office of the secretary-general provides secretariat for the Bureau, the extended Bureau and the Executive Council, and is responsible for the general coördination of all services of parliament.
t +32 2 552 11 10 / +32 2 552 11 29
f +32 2 552 11 60
The department supports proceedings in plenary sessions and committees, and is responsible for publishing all parliamentary documents (draft legislation, records, written questions, reports, etc...) . Services include:
- Plenary Sessions Service
- Committee Service
- Parliamentary Documents Service
- Data and Advice Service
- Parliamentary Questions Service
t +32 2 552 13 20
The department is responsible for external and internal communications, press-relations, outreach and education, and provides information to parliament via its parliamentary information service (library).
- Parliamentary Information Service - European Office - Archives - Biographical Service
- Legal office
- Communications service
- External Affairs
- Outreach and Education Service
t +32 2 552 41 96
The department is responsible for the digital and technical services, the infrastructure of parliament, printing services and goods-and-supplies management. Services include:
- Digital Service
- Technical Service
- Goods and supplies management
- Infrastructure Service
- Printing and Distributing Service
t +32 2 552 42 90
The department operates on three domains: finance, human resources en practical support of parliament. Services include:
- Financial Service
- Human Resources Service
- Practical support and visitor Service
- Transportation Service
- Catering Service
f 02 552 44 36