Eberhard van der Laan

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Eberhard van der Laan
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Mayor of Amsterdam
Assumed office
July 7, 2010
Preceded by Lodewijk Asscher (Ad interim)
Minister of Integration and Housing
In office
November 13, 2008 – February 23, 2010
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Ella Vogelaar
Succeeded by Eimert van Middelkoop
Personal details
Born Eberhard Edzard van der Laan
(1955-06-28) June 28, 1955 (age 60)
Leiden, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Married
Children 5
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit (LL.M.)
Occupation Politician
Corporate director
Website Official site

Eberhard Edzard van der Laan (born June 28, 1955 in Leiden) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). He has been the Mayor of Amsterdam since July 7, 2010. Before serving as Mayor he was Minister of Integration and Housing in the Cabinet Balkenende IV succeeding the sacked Ella Vogelaar. He resigned with the rest of the Labour Party cabinet members on February 23, 2010.


Family and education[edit]

Van der Laan graduated in 1983 cum laude in law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He co-founded the law firm Kennedy Van der Laan.


van der Laan in 2012

He started his political career as assistant to the Amsterdam alderman Jan Schaefer. Between 1990 and 1998 he was member of the Amsterdam city council, from 1993 as the chair of the Labour Party group [1] After leaving politics he became a full-time lawyer.

On November 14, 2008 he succeeded Ella Vogelaar as Minister of Housing and Integration in the fourth cabinet Balkenende.[2] Before he was a local councillor for the Labour Party in Amsterdam.

In the local elections, politicians were criticized by Mr. 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 PvdA party's main candidate.[3] He was subsequently appointed as the mayor of the multicultural city of Amsterdam.

In 2006 he was informateur in the negotiations of the new Amsterdam local executive. On 23 June 2010 he was nominated by the Amsterdam city council to become Mayor of Amsterdam. This nomination is subject to Royal assent.


He remained active as a chair of the board of the Resistance Museum and the W.E. Jansenfonds. He also was a member of the board of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting and the board of Het Nieuwe Parool. He also was a member of the board of the De Groene Amsterdammer, art foundation De Appel and children's circus Elleboog.[4]



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Political offices
Preceded by
Ella Vogelaar
Minister of Housing, Neighbourhoods and Integration
Succeeded by
Eimert van Middelkoop
Preceded by
Lodewijk Asscher (a.i.)
Mayor of Amsterdam