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Reynders, from the Belgium government to the Commission

Reynders served as minister for finance (1999-2011), and for foreign affairs (2011-2019).

As finance minister, he devised a system granting major tax breaks to multinational companies, which was ruled illegal state aid by one Margrethe Vestager. His list of experience is long, serving initially as a lawyer before occupying several government positions and becoming a member of the Belgian Parliament in 1992. He was chairman of the Belgian national railway company before he turned to politics and occupied several ministerial positions. In 2019, Reynders was put forward as the Belgian candidate for the new European Commission where he will take charge of the Justice portfolio.

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