Willy Claes

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Person.png Willy Claes  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, fraudster)
Willy Claes - Filip Naudts.jpg
Hasselt, Belgium
Alma materFree University of Brussels
Criminal charge
Criminal penalty
60,000 Belgian Francs fine, 3-year probationary sentence
Member ofEuropean Leadership Network
PartyDifferent Socialist Party
Bilderberger, fraudster, ex Secretary General of NATO.

Employment.png Secretary General of NATO

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

Employment.png Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
7 March 1992 - 10 October 1994

Employment.png Leader of the Party of European Socialists

In office
November 1992 - October 1994

Willy Claes is a former Secretary General of NATO who resigned after the discovery of a bribe of over 50 million Belgian francs.

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]

Exposure of Bilberberg

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 19945 June 1994Finland
The 42nd Bilderberg, in Helsinki.
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
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