Hans van Baalen
Hans van Baalen
|President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party|
21 November 2015 – 29 April 2021
|Preceded by||Graham Watson|
|Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the European Parliament|
14 July 2009 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Jules Maaten|
|Succeeded by||Malik Azmani|
|Member of the European Parliament|
14 July 2009 – 1 July 2019
|President of the Liberal International|
20 April 2009 – 26 April 2014
|Preceded by||John Alderdice|
|Succeeded by||Juli Minoves|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
30 January 2003 – 14 July 2009
28 September 1999 – 23 May 2002
Johannes Cornelis van Baalen
17 June 1960
|Died||29 April 2021 (aged 60)|
|Political party||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (1986–2021)|
|Education||Leiden University (LLB, LLM, MSc)|
|Website||Official website (in Dutch)|
|Branch/service||Royal Netherlands Army|
|Years of service||1986–2021 (Reserve)|
|Unit||National Reserve Corps|
Johannes Cornelis "Hans" van Baalen (17 June 1960 – 29 April 2021) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) who served as a Member of the European Parliament and Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the European Parliament from 2009 until 2019. He also was President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party since 21 November 2015.
Van Baalen, a jurist and management consultant by occupation, worked for Deloitte as Director of Public relations from his graduation in 1988 until 1999. He became a Member of the House of Representatives on 28 September 1999 serving until 23 May 2002. After the Dutch general election of 2003 he was re-elected as Member of the House of Representatives serving from 30 January 2003 until 14 July 2009 when he became Member of the European Parliament. Van Baalen served as President of the Liberal International from 20 April 2009 until 26 April 2014.
Early life and education
He went to a public primary school in his hometown Krimpen aan den IJssel and to the high school Krimpenerwaard College in the same town, where he followed the havo (1973–1977) and atheneum (1977–1979) programs.
Van Baalen was a member of the VVD since 1986. He was international secretary for the VVD party bureau from 1993 to 1998 and was an MP from 1999 until 2002. He was again made an MP in 2003. Before his political career he worked as a journalist and also with the public relations department of Deloitte Consulting. In the Dutch House of Representatives, van Baalen was a member of the Foreign Affairs commission, European Affairs commission and the Defense commission.
Beginning with the 2009 European elections, van Baalen was a member of European Parliament and faction leader of the Dutch VVD Delegation, and was generally seen as one of the most influential figures within the party. He served as a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Security and Defence from 2009. On both committees, he was his parliamentary group’s coordinator. As substitute, he also served on the Committee on International Trade from 2014.
In addition to his committee assignments, van Baalen served as chairman of the parliament’s delegation relations with South Africa. He was previously a member of the delegations with Afghanistan (2010-2014), the United States (2010-2014) and Japan (2009-2014).
On 11 January 2021, the Dutch government appointed van Baalen as a member of the ‘Eminent Persons Group on the European Economy’ which advises Dutch politics on the EU economy, budgetary, fiscal & monetary policy.
On 19 March 2021, the Council of Ministers, on the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, agreed to nominate van Baalen for an appointment as a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV).
Relations with Russia and Ukraine
Van Baalen was a member of the European Parliament’s monitoring mission during the Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2014, led by Andrej Plenković. With regard to the conflict with Russia over Ukraine, he argued for higher military spending and NATO involvement, and improved prospects for Ukraine to join the EU if its population so decided.
Van Baalen worked until September 2015 as a lobbyist for the motoring organisation RAI and was on the supervisory board of Mercedes-Benz. Van Baalen reported those positions to the European Parliament and indicated he refrained from involvement in car-related parliamentary business. In 2014 however, van Baalen, in his capacity as member of European parliament called for standardized rules for the car industry in the European Union and the United States.
- Mr.Drs. J.C. (Hans) van Baalen, Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- ’Eurexit’: Van Baalen stopt ermee De Telegraaf, 14 July 2018.
- Jeanette Minns (9 October 2014), Parliament’s mission to Ukrainian elections European Voice.
- Cynthia Kroet (9 April 2014), Dutch candidates say change needed to counter growing distrust of Europe European Voice.
- Laurence Norman (30 May 2015), Russia Produces Blacklist of EU People Banned From Entering Country Wall Street Journal.
- European Union anger at Russian travel blacklist BBC News, 31 May 2015.
- Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 340/2016
- "VVD leader in Europe is paid RAI advisor, lobbies for car industry". Dutch News. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Euro-parlementarier Van Baalen op loonlijst auto-industrie". F-Site (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ №340/2016". Office of the President. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- (in Dutch) Mr.Drs. J.C. (Hans) van Baalen Parlement.com
- (in Dutch) Johannes Cornelis van Baalen Europees Parlement
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|Party political offices|
| Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the European Parliament
| President of the Liberal International
| President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party