Frans Timmermans

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Frans Timmermans
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
5 November 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Uri Rosenthal
State Secretary for European Affairs
In office
22 February 2007 – 23 February 2010
Prime Minister Jan Pieter Balkenende
Preceded by Atzo Nicolaï
Succeeded by Ben Knapen
Personal details
Born Franciscus Cornelis Gerardus Maria Timmermans
(1961-05-06) 6 May 1961 (age 53)
Maastricht, Netherlands
Political party Democrats 66 (1985–1990)
Labour Party (1990–present)
Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website (Dutch) 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.

Timmermans was born in Maastricht. He studied French literature at Radboud University Nijmegen.

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.

He is a member of the Bilderberg Group and writes a column for Dagblad De Limburger every month.

Timmermans is multilingual; he speaks Dutch, Limburgish, German, French, English, Russian and Italian.

On December 9, 2013, in an address to the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Timmermans stated “When it comes to the relationship between the European Union and Israel there is always talk about double standards. And it is true. There are double standards. Even if Europeans do not admit it, they do judge Israel by different standards than they would judge other countries in this area. Why? Because deep down, Europeans see Israel as a European country. So they judge Israel in the same way they would judge other European countries. Sometimes this is perceived as unfair. On the other hand, the reaction to criticism of Israel and Israeli politics is sometimes unfair as well.”[1]


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  2. ^ Dit zijn de 8 politici waar je het komende politiek woelige jaar op moet letten in NRC newspaper by Marije Willems and Pim van den Dool, 28 dec. 2013 "Dat is zijn 26.764 Facebookvrienden vast niet ontgaan. Alles deelt hij met ze." Engl.: "This has surely not gone without notes by his 26,764 facebook friends. He share everything with them."
Political offices
Preceded by
Uri Rosenthal
Minister of Foreign Affairs