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
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 22 February 2007
Constituency Netherlands
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
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.


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 12 April 1994, at age 20, was elected councillor of his hometown. This made him the youngest councillor at that time.


Eurlings was 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.

Business career[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] Initially KLM announced that his departure had been mutual decision, yet subsequently a KLM spokesperson stated that Eurlings had been unilaterally dismissed by the Supervisory Board.[5][6]

In 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.[7] He resigned from this position in January 2017.[8]


Eurlings became an IOC Member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.[9] In January 2018 he resigned after a public outcry related to the disclosure of the assault of his former girlfriend and statements that he then made which were interpreted as trivialising domestic assault.[10]


Eurlings was prosecuted for assaulting his former girlfriend Tessa Rolink.[11] According to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Rolink sustained injuries including concussion and a broken elbow.[12] The case was not brought before the court because a settlement was reached between Eurlings and the Dutch public prosecution service, but details of the settlement have not been officially released. The transaction formally constituted an act of prosecution and hence Eurlings now has a criminal record.[13]


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


  1. ^ (in Dutch) 'Camiel Eurlings volgt Peter Hartman op als topman KLM', Elsevier, 14 December 2012
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Eurlings opvolger Hartman bij KLM, RTL Nieuws, 14 December 2012
  3. ^ "Camiel Eurlings (KLM) is de beste bestuurder van 2014". (in Dutch). 
  4. ^ "Camiel Eurlings stapt op als topman bij KLM". (in Dutch). 15 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pieter Elbers appointed President and CEO of KLM, replacing Camiel Eurlings". KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. KLM Mediarelations. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Nanda Troost, Eurlings weg als topman KLM, de Volkskrant (in Dutch), 15 October 2014
  7. ^ "Nieuwe baan Camiel Eurlings". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "LinkedIn profile Camiel Eurlings". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  9. ^ (in English) IOC Session elects nine new members
  10. ^ "Olympics: Dutch IOC member Eurlings resigns over assault claims". Reuters. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  11. ^ "Ex CDA minister to be prosecuted for assaulting model girlfriend". 22 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "OM schikt met Camiel Eurlings". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-01-01. 
  13. ^ "Eurlings schikt met justitie, bekent hij daarmee ook schuld?" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 17 March 2017. 

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

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