Hans van den Broek

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Hans van den Broek
Hans van den Broek 1983.jpg
Hans van den Broek in 1983
European Commissioner for
External Relations
Enlargement and European
Neighbourhood Policy
In office
23 January 1995 – 16 September 1999
PresidentJacques Santer (1995–1999)
Manuel Marín (1999)
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byChris Patten
European Commissioner for
External Relations
and Enlargement
In office
6 January 1993 – 23 January 1995
PresidentJacques Delors
Preceded byFrans Andriessen
Succeeded byLeon Brittan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 November 1982 – 3 January 1993
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byDries van Agt
Succeeded byPieter Kooijmans
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
11 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byDurk van der Mei
Succeeded byWim van Eekelen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
14 September 1989 – 7 November 1989
In office
3 June 1986 – 14 July 1986
In office
16 September 1982 – 4 November 1982
In office
12 October 1976 – 11 September 1981
Parliamentary groupCatholic People's Party
Christian Democratic Appeal
Personal details
Henri van den Broek

(1936-12-11) 11 December 1936 (age 82)
Paris, France
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
Catholic People's Party
(until 1980)
Josée van Schendel (m. 1966)
ChildrenPrincess Marilène (born 1970)
1 other daughter
ResidenceLochem, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Diplomat · Jurist · Lawyer · Academic administrator · Nonprofit director · Lobbyist

Henri "Hans" van den Broek (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑ̃ːri ˈɦɑns fɑn dɛm ˈbruk] (About this soundlisten);[1] born 11 December 1936) is a retired Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Early life and education[edit]

Henri van den Broek was born on 11 December 1936 in Paris in France. His father was Hendrik Johannes van den Broek and his mother was Maria Alberta Antonia Roest.[2]

Van den Broek went to the Roman Catholic secondary school Lyceum voor het Gooi in Hilversum. He studied Dutch law at Utrecht University in Utrecht, where he received his master's degree (Master of Law) in 1965.[2]


Van den Broek began his career as a lawyer. He joined the Katholieke Volkspartij (KVP) and was member of the municipal council of Rheden between 1970 and 1974. Between 1976 and 1981 he was member of the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Dutch parliament, as representative of the KVP and later of the Christen-Democratisch Appèl (CDA).

He was Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs in the governments of Ruud Lubbers three times and in 1991 was one of the EU negotiators of the Brioni Agreement, which ended the ten-day war in Slovenia. On 6 January 1993 he became a member of the European Commission, once again with responsibility for foreign relations, especially the Enlargement of the European Union. He remained in that post until March 1999, when he retired from European politics.

On 25 February 2005, he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.[2]

Van den Broek is president of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) and also of Radio Netherlands. He is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation, a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world.[3]

He is a signatory of Global Zero (campaign), a non-profit international initiative for the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Van den Broek is married with Josee van den Broek-van Schendel.[citation needed] They have two daughters, one of whom is Princess Marilène, the wife of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven.[citation needed]


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Knight Grand Cross BAR.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 30 April 1993
POL Order Zaslugi RP kl3 BAR.png Commander of the Order of Merit Poland 10 August 2014
Honorific Titles
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Minister of State Netherlands 25 February 2005 Style of Excellency


  1. ^ In isolation, van and den are pronounced [vɑn] and [dɛn], respectively.
  2. ^ a b c "Mr. H. (Hans) van den Broek". www.parlement.com (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  3. ^ http://globalpanel.org/boards
  4. ^ "Group Offers Plan to Eliminate Nukes by 2030" (PDF). The New York Times. 29 June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 May 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Hans van den Broek at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Durk van der Mei
State Secretary for
Foreign Affairs

Succeeded by
Wim van Eekelen
Preceded by
Dries van Agt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Pieter Kooijmans
Preceded by
Frans Andriessen
European Commissioner
from the Netherlands

Succeeded by
Frits Bolkestein