Eberhard van der Laan
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|Eberhard van der Laan|
Eberhard van der Laan in 2010
|Mayor of Amsterdam|
7 July 2010
|Preceded by||Lodewijk Asscher (Ad interim)|
|Minister for Housing, Communities and Integration|
14 November 2008 – 23 February 2010
|Prime Minister||Jan Peter Balkenende|
|Preceded by||Ella Vogelaar|
|Succeeded by||Eimert van Middelkoop|
|Born||Eberhard Edzard van der Laan
28 June 1955
|Political party||Labour Party (from 1976)|
|Alma mater||VU University Amsterdam (Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)|
|Religion||Reformed (until 1975)|
|Website||(English) Official website|
Van der Laan a lawyer by occupation, worked for the Trenité Van Doorne Advocaten law firm from 1982 until 1992 when he co-founded the Kennedy Van der Laan law firm and served as a Partner until 2008. After Ella Vogelaar the Minister for Housing, Communities and Integration in the Cabinet Balkenende IV resigned after the Leader of the Labour Party Wouter Bos lost his confidence for her position after increasing criticism on her performance, Van der Laan was asked to succeed her as Minister for Housing, Communities and Integration and took office on 14 November 2008. The Cabinet Balkenende IV fell on 23 February 2010 as the result of disagreement between the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the Labour Party over the extension of ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
He started his political career as assistant to the Amsterdam Alderman Jan Schaefer. Between 1990 and 1998 he was member of the Amsterdam municipal council, from 1993 as the chair of the Labour Party group. After leaving politics he became a full-time lawyer.
In the local elections, politicians were criticized by Van der Laan for distributing election leaflets in minority languages and in some cases leaflets were collected. Due to this anti-Multicultural stand in a multicultural city, van der Laan has been accused of hypocrisy by his own Labour Party party's main candidate.
In 2006 he was informateur in the negotiations of the new Amsterdam Executive Board. On 23 June 2010 he was nominated by the Amsterdam municipal council to become Mayor of Amsterdam. This nomination is subject to Royal assent.
|Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau||Netherlands||17 March 2010|
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|Minister for Housing,
Communities and Integration
Eimert van Middelkoop
Lodewijk Asscher (Ad interim)
|Mayor of Amsterdam