Atzo Nicolaï

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Atzo Nicolaï
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Minister for Government Reform and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)
In office
July 7, 2006 – February 22, 2007
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Alexander Pechtold
Succeeded by None
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
July 22, 2002 – July 7, 2006
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Dick Benschop
Succeeded by Frans Timmermans
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
November 30, 2006 – May 31, 2011
In office
January 30, 2003 – May 27, 2003
In office
May 19, 1998 – July 22, 2002
Personal details
Born Atzo Nicolaï
(1960-02-22) February 22, 1960 (age 55)
Delft, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Residence Amstelveen, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit (LL.M., M.Sc)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Jurist
Corporate director

Atzo Nicolaï (born February 22, 1960) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He served as a member of the House of Representatives from May 19, 1998 until July 22, 2002 when he became State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinets Balkenende I and II. He again had a short stint as an MP following the Dutch general election of 2003 serving from January 30, 2003 until May 27, 2003. He became Minister for Government Reform and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Balkenende III serving from July 7, 2006 until February 22, 2007 following the resignation of Alexander Pechtold. After the Dutch general election of 2006 Nicolaï returned to the House of Representatives and took office on November 30, 2006. Following the Dutch general election of 2010 Nicolaï became a likely candidate as Minister of Foreign Affairs during the cabinet formation of 2010 but his appointment was blocked by the coalition partner Party for Freedom (PVV). Nicolaï resigned as an MP on May 31, 2011. Next day he became a member of the board of directors of the chemical multinational DSM.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) VVD-Kamerlid Atzo Nicolaï verlaat Tweede Kamer, Elsevier, April 26, 2011
Government offices
Preceded by
Dick Benschop
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2002-2006
Succeeded by
Frans Timmermans
Preceded by
Alexander Pechtold
Minister for Government Reform and Kingdom Relations
2006-2007
Succeeded by
None