Hans van den Broek
Hans van den Broek
|European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy|
6 January 1993 – 15 September 1999
Manuel Marín (1999)
|Preceded by||Frans Andriessen|
|Succeeded by||Leon Brittan|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
4 November 1982 – 3 January 1993
|Prime Minister||Ruud Lubbers|
|Preceded by||Dries van Agt|
|Succeeded by||Peter Kooijmans|
|Born||Henri van den Broek
11 December 1936
|Political party||KVP (pre 1980)
CDA (from 1980)
|Spouse(s)||Josée van Schendel|
|Alma mater||Utrecht University|
Henri "Hans" van den Broek (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɑ̃ːri ɦɑns vɑn dɛn bruk] ( listen); born 11 December 1936) is a former Dutch politician. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs (1982–1993) and European Commissioner for External Relations (1993–1999).
Early life and education
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.
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.
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.
- Grand Cross (GCMG) of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
- Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (1993)
- Minister of State (2005)
Dries van Agt
|Minister of Foreign Affairs
|Dutch European Commissioner
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