The Standing Committee I is a collegial body and consists of three members, including a Chairman. The Standing Committee I is assisted by a Secretary and his administrative staff, and by the Investigation Service.
Chairman and the two counsellors
The chairman and the counsellors of the Standing Committee I are appointed by the Chamber of representatives for a renewable six-year term. Two substitute counsellors are appointed for each of them. The Chairman must be a magistrate. He chairs the meetings of the Committee and deals with the day-to-day management of its activities.
The current chairman of the Standing Committee I is Serge Lipszyc, a magistrate who served as Counsellor to Prime Minister Charles Michel. The two other members are Pieter-Alexander De Brock, civil servant and Thibaut Vandamme, magistrate.
Vanessa Samain and Didier Marechal have been appointed as first and second deputy chairman. Herman Daens has been appointed as Dutch-speaking substitute counsellor and Michel Croquet has been appointed as second French speaking substitute counsellor. A first substitute counsellor shall be appointed.
The Standing Committee I is assisted by a Secretary who is responsible for the secretarial work of the meetings of the Committee and for protecting the secrecy of the documentation and archives. He is accountable to the Standing Committee I and is also responsible for managing the administrative staff.
Wauther Van Laethem is the current acting Secretary. He also makes up the registry of the Appeal body for security clearances, certificates and advice. There are sixteen people in the administrative staff and they are responsible for supporting the Standing Committee I.
The Standing Committee I can use its Investigation Service for its supervisory investigations. This department is thus the most visible component of the Standing Committee I in the field.
Besides, the Investigation Service can be put in charge of judicial assignments on the request of the judicial authorities. On its own initiative or an request of judicial authorities, it can investigate members of the reviewed services who are suspected of having committed a felony or misdemeanour.
The Investigation Service consists of six commissioners. The Head, Fabian Poncelet, as well as the other members of the Investigation Service have the capacity of judicial police officer, assistant public prosecutor.