Hans van Baalen

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Hans van Baalen
Johannes Cornelis van Baalen MEP 1 - Diliff.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 14, 2009
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
January 30, 2003 – July 14, 2009
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
September 28, 1999 – May 23, 2002
Personal details
Born Johannes Cornelis van Baalen
(1960-06-17) June 17, 1960 (age 54)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Ineke Sybesma
Residence The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (J.D., LL.M)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Management consultant
Journalist
Army Officer
Religion Protestant Churches in the Netherlands
Website Official site
Military service
Allegiance The Netherlands
Service/branch Royal Netherlands Army
(National Reserve Corps)
Years of service 1986–
Rank Nl-landmacht-kolonel.svg Colonel
Video-Introduction

Johannes Cornelis (Hans) van Baalen (born June 17, 1960) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands since July 14, 2009. He was a Member of the House of Representatives from September 28, 1999 until May 23, 2002 and from January 30, 2003 until July 14, 2009. He was the President of the Liberal International between 2009-2014.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Van Baalen was born in Rotterdam and went to high school in Krimpen aan den IJssel. He then studied law at Leiden University, where he was a member of the Minerva fraternity and the 'Pro Patria' student guard.

Politics[edit]

Van Baalen has been a member of the VVD since 1986. He was international secretary for the VVD party bureau from 1993 to 1998 and was an MP from 1999 until 2002. He was again made an MP in 2003. Before his political career he worked as a journalist and also with the public relations department of Deloitte Consulting. In the Dutch House of Representatives, Van Baalen was a member of the Foreign Affairs commission, European Affairs commission and the Defense commission. Since the elections of 2009, he is a member of European Parliament and faction leader of the Dutch VVD Delegation, and is generally seen as one of the most influential figures within the party.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Alderdice
President of the Liberal International
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Dr Juli Minoves