Max van den Berg

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Max van den Berg
Max van den Berg.jpg
Max van der Berg in 2007
King's Commissioner in Groningen
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 1, 2007
Monarch Beatrix of the Netherlands
Preceded by Hans Alders
Personal details
Born (1946-03-22) March 22, 1946 (age 68)
Ammerstol, The Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Geke van der Wal

Margrietus Johannes (Max) van den Berg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑr.ˌɣri.tʏs ˈjoː.ˌɦɑ.nəs (ˈmɑks) vɐn dən ˈbɛrx]) (born March 22, 1946) is a Dutch politician and member of the Dutch Labour Party. From 1979 to 1986 he was the chairperson of that party and from 1999 to 2007 he was a Member of the European Parliament. Since 2007 he has been the Queen's Commissioner in Groningen.

Early life[edit]

Margrietus Johannes van den Berg was born on March 22, 1946, in Ammerstol, The Netherlands.[1]

His high school was the Carmelieten Paters in Oldenzaal. In 1969 he received his degree in sociology in Groningen, where he specialized in urban planning and political science. From 1969 to 1970 he was an academic staff member and lecturer at the sociology faculty of the University of Groningen.[1]

Political career[edit]

From September 1, 1970, to September 5, 1978, Max van den Berg was an alderman in Groningen; the last six years of which he was also the deputy mayor of Groningen.[1]

From April 26, 1979, to April 25, 1986, he was the chairperson of the Labour Party.[1]

From 1986 to 1999 he was the secretary-general of the non-governmental organisation Novib.[1]

From July 20, 1999, to September 1, 2007, he was a Member of the European Parliament.[1] He was the leader of the PvdA delegation in the European Parliament, and from 1999 to 2004 he was also vice-chairman of the Committee on Development and Cooperation. He is also a substitute for the Committee on International Trade and the Subcommittee on Human Rights, vice-chair of the delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community, a substitute for the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, and a member of the temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013.

Organisations[edit]

Max van den Berg is or was a member of several organisations:

  • Member of Eurostep (1990–1999)
  • Member of Oxfam International (1995–1999)
  • Member of the board of governors of the African Studies Centre, Leiden
  • Member of the management board of the Jan Vrijman Foundation
  • Chairman of the management board, Theater Zeebelt, The Hague
  • Member of the management board of Wereldomroep (Radio Netherlands International), Zeist
  • Member of the management board of the Design Academy, Eindhoven

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Drs. M.J. van den Berg. Retrieved on 2007-11-16.

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Ien van den Heuvel
Chairman of the Labour Party
1979–1986
Succeeded by
Stan Poppe
Political offices
Preceded by
Hans Alders
King's Commissioner of Groningen
2007–present
Incumbent