Hans van den Broek
Hans van den Broek
|European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy|
6 January 1993 – 15 September 1999
Manuel Marín (1999)
|Preceded by||Frans Andriessen|
|Succeeded by||Leon Brittan|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
4 November 1982 – 3 January 1993
|Prime Minister||Ruud Lubbers|
|Preceded by||Dries van Agt|
|Succeeded by||Peter Kooijmans|
|Born||Henri van den Broek
11 December 1936
|Political party||KVP (pre 1980)
CDA (from 1980)
|Spouse(s)||Josée van Schendel|
|Alma mater||Utrecht University|
Henri (Hans) van den Broek listen (help·info) (born 11 December 1936) is a leading Dutch politician. He is best known for having served 11 years as the Netherlands's minister of foreign affairs between 1982 and 1993 when he became European commissioner for foreign relations.
Van den Broek began his career as a lawyer. He joined the Katholieke Volkspartij (KVP) and was member of the municipal council of Rheden between 1970 and 1974. Between 1976 and 1981 he was member of the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Dutch parliament, as representative of KVP and later of the Christen-Democratisch Appèl (CDA).
He was Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs in the governments of Ruud Lubbers three times and was in 1991 one of the EU negotiators of the Brioni Agreement, which ended the ten day war in Slovenia. On 6 January 1993 he became a member of the European Commission, once again with responsibility for foreign relations, especially the Enlargement of the European Union. He remained in that post until March 1999, when he retired from European politics.
Van den Broek is president of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) and also of Radio Netherlands. He is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation, a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world.
He is a signatory of Global Zero (campaign), a non-profit international initiative for the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide. Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero (campaign) has grown to 300 leaders, including current and former heads of state, national security officials and military commanders, and 400,000 citizens worldwide; developed a practical step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; launched an international student campaign with 75 campus chapters in eight countries; and produced an acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero, in partnership with Lawrence Bender and Participant Media.
Dries van Agt
|Minister of Foreign Affairs
|Dutch European Commissioner
- "Mr. H. (Hans) van den Broek". www.parlement.com (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
- "Group Offers Plan to Eliminate Nukes by 2030". The New York Times. 29 June 2009.
- Corera, Gordon (10 December 2008). "Group seeks nuclear weapons ban". BBC.
- Clift, Eleanor. "A Good Start: 'Global Zero' reminds us that eradicating nuclear weapons should still be our ultimate goal.". Newsweek.
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