De Backer started his career working for an investment fund specialized
in healthcare. From 2011 to 2016, he was a member of the European
Parliament where he dealt with the dossiers in the Transport Committee
and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and participated to
the Intergroup on Long Term Investment and Reindustrialisation. From
2016 to 2018, he became Secretary of State for Social fraud, Privacy
and the North Sea in the Federal Government of Belgium. Currently he is
the minister for Digital Agenda, telecommunication and postal services.