Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in 2015
|Minister of Defence|
5 November 2012 – 4 October 2017
|Prime Minister||Mark Rutte|
|Preceded by||Hans Hillen|
|Succeeded by||Klaas Dijkhoff|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
23 March 2017
17 June 2010 – 5 November 2012
|Member of the European Parliament|
20 July 2004 – 17 June 2010
|Born||Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert
7 April 1973
|Political party||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (from 2000)|
|Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group|
|Spouse(s)||Erik-Jan Hennis (m. 2003)|
|Residence||Nederhorst den Berg, Netherlands|
|Alma mater||European Secretarial Academy|
Jeanine Antoinette Hennis-Plasschaert (born 7 April 1973) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). She served as Minister of Defence in the Cabinet Rutte II from 5 November 2012 until 4 October 2017. She previously served as a Member of the European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group from 20 July 2004 until 17 June 2010 when she became a Member of the House of Representatives serving until 5 November 2012. She returned to the House of Representatives after the 2017 election.
In 2004 Hennis-Plasschaert was elected into the European Parliament for the VVD (European parliamentary affiliation: European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party) with 44,000 preference votes. In the European Parliament Hennis-Plasschaert was a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and a substitute for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She also served as a member of the Delegation to the EU-Romania Joint Parliamentary Committee and a substitute for the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee.
In May 2005 she filed a report for the European Parliament concerning the safety of airports. She argued that safety regulations against terrorist attacks, should only apply for airports, and not for the neighbouring areas. Furthermore, the costs and safety regulations should not distort free competition. In February 2006 parliament she asked questions concerning the code of conduct for the media set up by the European Commission after the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. In March 2006 she wanted to enter Belarus to monitor the presidential election as an independent observer. She was refused entry.
In February 2010 Hennis-Plasschaert, as rapporteur on the issue, led the EP vote halting an EU-United States agreement which would have granted US authorities access to banking data of European citizens in the SWIFT network. She was put on the 4th place on her party's list for the Dutch general election of 2010 and became a member of the Dutch House of Representatives. She focused on matters of public safety, Dutch police, equality of treatment, LGBT rights, and emergency management. During the Dutch general election of 2012, she was number 4 on the list for the VVD and thus reelected. After the following cabinet formation she became the presumptive Minister of Defence for Cabinet Rutte II. In October 2015, she was named the most influential woman in the Netherlands.
In 2017, the Dutch Safety Board published a report highlighting serious failures in the Ministry of Defence surrounding a mortar incident in Mali. Hennis announced her resignation after a debate in the House of Representatives on 3 October, handing in her resignation the following day.
She has been married to Erik-Jan Hennis since 27 September 2003 and has a stepson. They live in Nederhorst den Berg.
- (in Dutch) 'Alle ministers zijn nu bekend', NOS, 28 October 2012
- "Dutch defense minister resigns over peacekeepers' deaths in Mali". Reuters. 3 October 2017.
- (in Dutch) Rutte II: 'alle namen van het nieuwe kabinet', RTL, 25 October 2012
- (in Dutch) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert over 4de plaats op VVD-lijst, NOS, 30 March 2010
- (in Dutch) De bewindspersonen van het tweede kabinet-Rutte, NOS, 29 October 2012
- (in Dutch) Hennis-Plasschaert geeft flamboyant leiding, Volkskrant, 12 October 2015
- "J.A. (Jeanine) Hennis-Plasschaert". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 October 2017.
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