Jean-Jacques De Gucht
Jean-Jacques De Gucht (9 December 1983) is a Flemish
Flanders is the community of the Flemings but also one of the institutions in Belgium, and a geographical region located in parts of present-day Belgium, France and the Netherlands. "Flanders" can also refer to the northern part of Belgium that contains Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp...

 politician and member of Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats. He was elected to the Belgian Senate
Belgian Senate
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 by the Dutch
Dutch language
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 electoral college in the 2007 Belgian federal election
Belgian general election, 2007
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, which took place on 10 June 2007.

Jean-Jacques De Gucht is the son of Karel De Gucht
Karel De Gucht
Karel Lodewijk Georgette Emmerence De Gucht is a Belgian politician who has been the European Commissioner for Trade since 2010...

, the current European Commissioner for Trade Policy and former Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs

 and chairman of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats
Flemish Liberals and Democrats
' , commonly known as Open VLD and also simply as the VLD, is a Flemish liberal political party in Belgium, created in 1992 from the former Party for Freedom and Progress and a few other politicians from other parties. The party led the government for three cabinets under Guy Verhofstadt from 1999...

. Like Jean Sarkozy
Jean Sarkozy
Jean Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa is the son of the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy from his first marriage, to Marie-Dominique Culioli. Jean is a regional councillor in the city of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France and registered as a 1st year Law student at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University in 2007...

, criticism has been levied over the perceived nepotism which led to his appointment at the age of 27 as the head of the electoral list for the Open VLD party in the 2007 federal elections for the region of East Flanders despite his lack of any relevant work experience.“Zonder_zijn_naam_had_Jean-Jacques_De_Gucht_nooit_op_de_lijst_gestaan”_29a8f63c.aspx
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