Peeters served from 1991 to 1994 as Director of the NCMV research department. In 1994 he became Secretary-General of NCMV and when NCMV was reformed into the SME interest group UNIZO in 1999, he became its first managing director. In 2004, although not having been a candidate for public office at the 2004 regional elections, Peeters was asked to become a member of the Flemish government. He resigned his position with UNIZO and became Flemish Minister for Public Works, Energy, the Environment and Nature.
During the 2006 municipal elections, Peeters ran for public office the first time in his career and was elected a member of the city council of his home town Puurs. In the 2007 Belgian general elections, Peeters was elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives but choose not to take his seat, instead he succeeded Yves Leterme as Minister-President of Flanders, as Leterme will head the CD&V coalition talks for a new Belgian government. Peeters also gave up his former competences to Hilde Crevits and took on the responsibilities for Institutional Affairs, Agriculture and Sea Fisheries, formerly belonging to Leterme, while keeping his own competence regarding Ports.
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Participants at the Celebration Dinner on Friday night (start 7.00 PM) at restaurant La Tentation will be welcomed by Prime-Minister Kris Peeters of Flanders. Peeters, representing the Conference’s main sponsor the Flemish government, will give a speech at 7.15 PM.