Eberhard van der Laan
|Eberhard van der Laan|
|Mayor of Amsterdam|
July 7, 2010
|Preceded by||Lodewijk Asscher (Ad interim)|
|Minister of Integration and Housing|
November 13, 2008 – February 23, 2010
|Prime Minister||Jan Peter Balkenende|
|Preceded by||Ella Vogelaar|
|Succeeded by||Eimert van Middelkoop|
|Born||Eberhard Edzard van der Laan
June 28, 1955
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||Vrije Universiteit (LL.M.)|
Eberhard Edzard van der Laan (born June 28, 1955 in Leiden) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). He has been the Mayor of Amsterdam since July 7, 2010. Before serving as Mayor he was Minister of Integration and Housing in the Cabinet Balkenende IV succeeding the sacked Ella Vogelaar. He resigned with the rest of the Labour Party cabinet members on February 23, 2010.
Family and education
He started his political career as assistant to the Amsterdam alderman Jan Schaefer. Between 1990 and 1998 he was member of the Amsterdam city council, from 1993 as the chair of the Labour Party group  After leaving politics he became a full-time lawyer.
In the local elections, politicians were criticized by Mr. van der Laan for distributing election leaflets in minority languages and in some cases leaflets were collected. Due to this anti-Multicultural stand in a multicultural city, van der Laan has been accused of hypocrisy by his own PvdA party's main candidate. He was subsequently appointed as the mayor of the multicultural city of Amsterdam.
In 2006 he was informateur in the negotiations of the new Amsterdam local executive. On 23 June 2010 he was nominated by the Amsterdam city council to become Mayor of Amsterdam. This nomination is subject to Royal assent.
He remained active as a chair of the board of the Resistance Museum and the W.E. Jansenfonds. He also was a member of the board of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting and the board of Het Nieuwe Parool. He also was a member of the board of the De Groene Amsterdammer, art foundation De Appel and children's circus Elleboog.
- 'Politiek moet', De Groene Amsterdammer, June 25, 1997.
- Koningin benoemt Van der Laan tot minister voor Integratie, website NRC Handelsblad, 14 November 2008.
- Profiel bij Kennedy Van der Laan
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eberhard van der Laan.|
- (Dutch) Eberhard van der Laan at Parlement & Politiek
- (Dutch) Eberhard van der Laan at Amsterdam.nl
- English résumé at Amsterdam.nl
|Minister of Housing, Neighbourhoods and Integration
Eimert van Middelkoop
Lodewijk Asscher (a.i.)
|Mayor of Amsterdam