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.
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 members 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 Counselor to Prime Minister Charles Michel. The two other members are Pieter-Alexander De Brock, civil servant and Laurent Van Doren, a former Chief superintendent.
Vanessa Samain and Didier Marechal have been appointed as first and second deputy chairman. Herman Daens has been appointed as Dutch-speaking deputy counsellor and Thibaut Vandamme and Michel Croquet has been appointed as first and second French speaking deputy counselor.
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.
Wouter De Ridder is the current Secretary. He was appointed in 1993 by the Senate for an unlimited period. 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, Frank Franceus, as well as the other members of the Investigation Service have the capacity of judicial police officer, assistant public prosecutor.