Willy Claes

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Person.png Willy Claes  Rdf-icon.png
(politician, fraudster)
Born 1938-11-24
Hasselt, Belgium
Alma mater Free University of Brussels
Party Different Socialist Party
Bilderberger, fraudster, ex Secretary General of NATO.

Flag of NATO.svg Secretary General of NATO Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
17 October 1994 - 20 October 1995
Preceded by Sergio Balanzino
Succeeded by Sergio Balanzino
Resigned after the discovery of a bribe of over 50 million Belgian francs.

Employment.png Leader of the Party of European Socialists

In office
November 1992 - October 1994

Employment.png Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
7 March 1992 - 10 October 1994

Bribe taking

Claes was Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 until 1994, and secretary general of NATO from 1994 until 1995, when he resigned after the discovery of a bribe of over 50 million Belgian francs that was accepted during contract negotiations with Agusta helicopters during the time he was minister of economic affairs. A criminal trial was handled by the Court of Cassation, which is responsible for cases involving minister in function. Claes received a fine of 60,000 Belgian Francs, a 3-year probationary sentence and a 5-year prohibition on running for public office.


As is standard for NATO Secretaries General, Willy Claes attended the Bilderberg group (in 1994) prior to being awarded the job.[1][2][3]

In 2010 he said on Belgian radio that each Bilderberg participant is given a report and they are "considered to use this report in setting their policies in the environments in which they affect". [4]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19942 June 1994 - 5 June 1994Helsinki
Bilderberg/19958 June 1995 - 11 June 1995Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
Bilderberg/200315 May 2003 - 18 May 2003Versailles


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