|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
5 November 2012
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Uri Rosenthal|
|Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands|
17 June 2010 – 5 November 2012
19 May 1998 – 22 February 2007
|State Secretary for European Affairs|
22 February 2007 – 23 February 2010
|Preceded by||Atzo Nicolaï|
|Succeeded by||Ben Knapen|
|Born||Franciscus Cornelis Gerardus Maria Timmermans
6 May 1961
|Political party||Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid - PvdA) (since 1990)
Democrats 66 (Democraten 66 - D66) (1985-1990)
|Alma mater||Radboud University Nijmegen (M.A., French literature)|
|Occupation||Politician, diplomat, civil servant|
|Website||(Dutch) Labour Party website|
Franciscus Cornelis Gerardus Maria "Frans" Timmermans (born 6 May 1961) is a Dutch politician and former diplomat and civil servant. As a member of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) he was (again) an MP from 2010 to 2012. He focused on matters of foreign affairs. Previously he was State Secretary (called Minister abroad) for European Affairs in the fourth Balkenende cabinet. He was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 5 November 2012.
He worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Dutch embassy in Moscow. From 1994 to 1995, he worked for EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek. Until 1998, he was advisor and private secretary to High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Max van der Stoel.
From 1998 to 2007 he was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives. He represented the House in the European Convention. On 22 February 2007 Timmermans was appointed State Secretary for European Affairs in the fourth Balkenende government.
Timmermans also acted as guest lecturer at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael and at the Netherlands Defence College, and sat on the executive committee of the European Movement.
Timmermans is multilingual; he speaks Dutch, Limburgish, German, French, English, Russian and Italian.
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Frans Timmermans.|
- (Dutch) Labour Party biography
- "Be like Jack Sparrow, Embrace your fears", Frans Timmermans' talk at TEDxAmsterdam, 20 November 2009
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