Camiel Eurlings

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Camiel Eurlings
Eurlings Dutch politician kabinet Balkenende IV.jpg
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Karla Peijs
Succeeded by Melanie Schultz van Haegen
as Minister of Infrastructure and the
Environment
Member of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
In office
20 July 2004 – 22 February 2007
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
19 May 1998 – 20 July 2004
Personal details
Born Camiel Martinus Petrus Stephanus Eurlings
(1973-09-16) 16 September 1973 (age 44)
Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Other political
affiliations
European People's Party
Residence Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands
Alma mater Eindhoven University of Technology (Master of Engineering)
Occupation Businessman, corporate director

Camiel Martinus Petrus Stephanus Eurlings (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaːmil ˈøːrlɪŋs]; born 16 September 1973) is a Dutch businessman, corporate director and former politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Eurlings a corporate director by occupation. He was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the Dutch general election of 1998, serving from 19 May 1998 until 20 July 2004, when he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) after the European Parliament election of 2004, serving from 20 July 2004 until 22 February 2007. After the Dutch general election of 2006 Eurlings was asked to become Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands in the Cabinet Balkenende IV, serving from 22 February 2007 until 14 October 2010.

Eurlings retired from active politics at the age of thirty-seven and became a corporate director and later President and CEO of the KLM, serving from 1 July 2013 until 16 October 2014.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Eurlings is the eldest son of Martin Eurlings, a former Representative of Limburg in the States Deputed, who has been the Mayor of Valkenburg aan de Geul since 2007 . After grammar school in Maastricht, Eurlings began to study Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven in 1991. He was also politically active in his hometown and on April 12, 1994, at age 20, was elected councilor of his hometown. This made him the youngest councilor at that time.

Politics[edit]

Eurlings is a former Member of the European Parliament, and sat on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also chaired the delegation to the European UnionRussia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, and was a substitute for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, and the delegation for relations with Israel. From March 2006 to March 2007 he served as Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). From 2007 to 2010 he was Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet.

KLM[edit]

Eurlings became a corporate director for KLM, leading the freight department. On 1 July 2013 he succeeded Peter Hartman as the President and CEO of the KLM.[1][2] In 2014, fellow Dutch executives elected Eurlings as 'Best Manager 2014',[3] followed by Frans van Houten (Philips) and Dick Boer (Ahold). On 15 October 2014 he announced that he would be leaving KLM. [4]

American Express[edit]

June 2015 Eurlings announced on his Linkedin page that he had been working as a non-executive director of the board of directors of American Express Global Business Travel since January 2015.[5]

Sport[edit]

He became an IOC Member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.[6]

Personal[edit]

He is not married, but had a relation with a Hungarian woman until 2011. He was prosecuted for assaulting his former girlfriend Tessa Rolink.[7] The case was not brought before a court because a transaction settlement was reached between Eurlings and the Dutch public prosecution service, but details about the transaction have not been officially released. The transaction formally constituted an act of persecution and hence Eurlings now has a criminal record.[8]

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Officer BAR.png Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau  Netherlands 30 October 2010
OESSG Cavaliere BAR.jpg Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre  Holy See

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Camiel Eurlings at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Karla Peijs
Minister of Transport, Public Works
and Water Management

2007–2010
Succeeded by
Melanie Schultz van Haegen
as Minister of Infrastructure
and the Environment
Business positions
Preceded by
Peter Hartman
President and CEO of KLM
2014–2014
Succeeded by
Pieter Elbers