Coudenberg group

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Formation6 June 1984
Extinction11 February 1999
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Membership• Michel van den Abeele
• Jean-Pierre De Bandt
• Antoine Bekaert
• André Belmans
• Philippe Bodson
• Roland Charlier
• Bavo Cool
• Alain Deneef
• Kris Deschouwer
• Hubert Detremmerie
• Mark Dubrulle
• Jacques Groothaert
• Jan Hinnekens
• Jan Huyghebaert
• Koen Lenaerts
• Jacques Moulaert
• Mieke Offeciers-Vandewiele
• Sylvain Plasschaert
• Carlos Van Rafelghem
• Paul Van Remoortere
• Vincent Van Quickenborne
• Guy Schrans
• Bart De Schutter
• Dave Sinardet
• Jacques De Staercke
• Felix Standaert
• Patrick van Ypersele de Strihou
• Frans Vanistendael
• Charles van der Straeten Waillet
• Els Witte
Belgian federalist think tank,to defend the federal state against the demands of Flemish nationalists

The Coudenberg group (Dutch: Coudenberggroep/French: Groupe Coudenberg) was a Belgian federalist think-tank, it was named after the place where the members met, the Coudenberg, one of the seven hillocks on which the centre of Brussels has been built. President of the organization was the lawyer Jean-Pierre De Bandt.


The Coudenberg group was established on 6 June 1984 as a non-profit organization and was dissolved on 11 February 1999. The think-tank united leading people from the university, administration, ventures, trade unions and the free professions. The Coudenberg group presented itself as an independent think-tank which unites, on the basis of a linguistic and ideological pluralism, people who understand that Belgium is itself on a cross point and who want to contribute to the political renewal of this country. The Coudenberg group thought about issues concerning the organization of federal Belgium and published several studies about this topic. Its goal was to defend the federal state against the demands of Flemish nationalists.


The group reportedly had around 70 members.


Known members

3 of the 30 of the members already have pages here:

Hubert Detremmerie
Jan HuyghebaertBelgian businessman, 11 Bilderbergs
Vincent Van QuickenborneSelected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. As Belgian Justice Minister in 2020, he fined those who refused to take COVID tests or wear masks.