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Camiel Eurlings

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Camiel Eurlings
Eurlings in 2008
Minister of Transport and
Water Management
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byKarla Peijs
Succeeded byMelanie Schultz van Haegen
(Minister of Infrastructure
and the Environment)
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 22 February 2007
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
19 May 1998 – 20 July 2004
Personal details
Camiel Martinus Petrus Stephanus Eurlings

(1973-09-16) 16 September 1973 (age 50)
Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Residence(s)Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands
Alma materEindhoven University of Technology
(Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering)
OccupationPolitician · Businessman · Corporate director · Sport administrator

Camiel Martinus Petrus Stephanus Eurlings (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaːmil ˈøːrlɪŋs]; born 16 September 1973) is a Dutch politician and businessman. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), he served as Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management from 2007 to 2010.

A corporate director by occupation, Eurlings was elected as a member of the House of Representatives at the 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) in the European Parliament election of 2004, serving from 20 July 2004 until 22 February 2007. After the general election of 2006, Eurlings was asked to become Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet, serving from 22 February 2007 until 14 October 2010.

Eurlings retired from active politics at the age of 37 and became a corporate director and later President and CEO of KLM, serving at the Air France – KLM Group from 15 March 2011 until 16 October 2014. Later he served, amongst others, as Member of the Board of Directors of American Express GBT and currently as Director of Knighthood Capital.

Eurlings is a supervisory member of the Estonian national air carrier Nordica.


Eurlings is the eldest son of Martin Eurlings, a former member of the provincial-executive of Limburg, who was elected Mayor of Valkenburg aan de Geul in 2007.

After grammar school in Maastricht, Eurlings began to study Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven in 1993. He was also politically active in his hometown. On 12 April 1994, at age 20, he was elected councillor of his hometown. This made him the youngest councillor at that time. Eurlings graduated cum laude in 1998. At that moment he already was elected as youngest member of the Netherlands National Parliament (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal).


Camiel Eurlings was Member of the Netherlands House of Representatives from 1998 until 2004 for the CDA (Christian Democrat Alliance). He was, amongst others, chief spokesman for Transport and for Foreign Affairs.

Eurlings was a former Member of the European Parliamentfrom 2004 until 2007. He 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. He was the European Rapporteur for the Accession of Turkey from 2004 until 2007.

From March 2006 to March 2007 he served as Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). From 2007 to 2010 he was the Netherlands 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 Cargo department of Air France and KLM. Under his responsibility the commercial integration of Full Freight company Martinair and Air France – KLM Cargo was effectuated. 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 resigned from his position at KLM.[4]

Eurlings served as a Member of the Alliance Steering Committee of the Board of Directors of GOL Airlines (Brazil) in 2013 and 2014.[citation needed] From 2011 until 2014 Eurlings was a Member of the executive board of the Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW).[citation needed] In June 2015, Eurlings added to his LinkedIn page that he had been a member of the board of directors of American Express Global Business Travel since January 2015.[5] He resigned from this position in January 2017.[6]

In February 2018, Eurlings became an advisor to the Board of Directors of Knighthood Capital. In September 2018, he became a Director.[7]


Eurlings became an IOC Member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013. He was appointed as the chairman of the IOC Communication Committee.[8]

Assault accusation[edit]

In January 2018, Eurlings resigned from the IOC following an accusation made against him.[9] The accusation was settled out of court without establishment of guilt by the Public Prosecution Service and without admission of guilt by Eurlings.[10][11] The settlement was entered into the Justicial Registration with a note, which formally is not a criminal record.[12]


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 3 December 2010
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". MT.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Camiel Eurlings stapt op als topman bij KLM". NU.nl (in Dutch). 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Nieuwe baan Camiel Eurlings". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "LinkedIn profile Camiel Eurlings". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Camiel Eurlings appointed as Director of Knighthood Capital Partners" Archived 2021-03-27 at the Wayback Machine, knighthoodcapital.com. Accessed 12 November 2022.
  8. ^ (in English) IOC Session elects nine new members, olympic.org. Accessed 12 November 2022.
  9. ^ Motké, Door Sonny (5 January 2018). "IOC betreurt aftreden 'sterke hervormer' Camiel Eurlings". quotenet.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  10. ^ "ECLI:NL:RBZUT:2008:BF7634, voorheen LJN BF7634, Rechtbank Zutphen, 06/086019-00". deeplink.rechtspraak.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  11. ^ "2011/136: Transactievoorstel CJIB wekt suggestie dat bij niet betalen boete wordt verhoogd | Nationale ombudsman". www.nationaleombudsman.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Quote of former President of the Dutch Supreme Court Mr. Corstens", Daily De Telegraaf, 23 March 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Transport and
Water Management

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