As European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders is in charge of rule of law and consumer protection, a position he has held since December 2019.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Reynders has been a guest lecturer at the Belgian universities of Liège and Louvain. Previously, he held several high-level political positions in Belgium’s federal government, including minister of defence (2018-2019), minister of foreign affairs (2011-2019), minister of finance (1999-2011) and deputy prime minister (2014-2019). From 2004 to 2011, he was chairman of Belgium’s Mouvement Réformateur party. In 1992 he was elected as a member of the Belgian Parliament. He started his career as a lawyer in 1981, before serving as Chairman of the National Railway Company of Belgium from 1986 to 1991. He holds a degree in law from the University of Liège.