Kathalijne Buitenweg

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Kathalijne Buitenweg
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Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Chair of the GreenLeft/Green! delegation in the European Parliament
In office
2004–2009
Preceded byJoost Lagendijk
Succeeded byJudith Sargentini
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1999–2009
Personal details
Born (1970-03-27) 27 March 1970 (age 52)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Political partyGreenLeft
SpouseMaarten van Poelgeest
ResidenceAmsterdam
Websitewww.kathalijnebuitenweg.nl

Dr. Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg (born 27 March 1970) is a Dutch politician for the GreenLeft who served as a member of the House of Representatives between 2017 and 2021. Between 1999 and 2009, she was a Member of the European Parliament, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. In 2019 she was exposed as one of the members of the secret Bilderberg meeting.[1]

Career[edit]

Before politics[edit]

From 1985 to 1986 she was a member of the board of the youth organisation of the environmental organisation NIVON (Dutch Institute for People's Education and Nature Friends). After completing her VWO in 1989, Buitenweg studied History at the University of Amsterdam, where she specialised in European Studies and American Studies, graduating in 1994. In 1991 she became a member of the executive of the European Coordination Bureau of International Youth Organisations, and was elected vice-chairperson in 1993, which she remained until 1995. She also was a trainee at the European Commission from 1994 to 1995, and a member of the steering committee of European Youth Campaign against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, of the Council of Europe.

In 1995 Buitenweg became policy adviser for the European Delegation of the Green Left. In 1998 she moved to The Hague where she was policy advisor to the GreenLeft parliamentary party in the House of Representatives until 1999.

European Parliament[edit]

In 1999 Buitenweg was elected to the European Parliament. From 1999 to 2004 she was a member of the budget committee and the committee on Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and a delegate for relations with South Africa. In a controversial Lijsttrekker election in 2004 she became the European Leader of the Green Left. In that election she defeated her friend and colleague Joost Lagendijk, who led the GreenLeft in the -very successful- 1999 campaign. Lagendijk however was the only proposed candidate. In reaction to the motion "we want to choose" which was carried by the GreenLeft party Congress Buitenweg decided to become candidate in the last minutes before the election. The rebellious congress finally had something to choose and voted for Buitenweg.

She was a member of the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, between 2004 and 2007 she was a substitute for the Committee on Budgets, a substitute for the temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013, a member of the delegation for relations with the United States, and a substitute for the delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China. In 2007 she joined the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety as a substitute

In 2008 she announced that she would not seek a third term in the European Parliament.[2] She was succeeded as leader of the GreenLeft in the European Parliament by Judith Sargentini.

House of Representatives[edit]

For the 2017 Dutch general election, Buitenweg was nominated as number two on the GreenLeft list.[3] As vice-parliamentary leader she was part of the unsuccessful negotiations to form a cabinet with Democrats 66, Christian Democratic Appeal and People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.[4] She was chair of the temporary parliamentary committee Digital Future.[5] In August 2020 Buitenweg announced that she would not seek another term.[6]

Career after politics[edit]

In January 2021 Buitenweg was nominated and subsequently confirmed as member of the Dutch Council of State, where she will start in June 2021.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Election Party Place on the list Number of votes Comment
1999 European Parliament election GreenLeft 2 Elected
2004 European Parliament election GreenLeft 1 Elected
2006 Dutch general election[8] GreenLeft 30[9] 2.879 Not elected
2009 European Parliament election[10] GreenLeft 19[9] 9.174 Not elected
2010 Dutch general election[11] GreenLeft 30[9] 1.888 Not elected
2012 Dutch general election[12] GreenLeft 40[9] 573 Not elected
2017 Dutch general election[13] GreenLeft 2 99.157 Elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LIST OF PARTICIPANTS 2019".
  2. ^ "Europarlementarier Kathalijne Buitenweg uit politiek" in De Volkskrant 25 juni 2008.
  3. ^ De Witt Wijnen, Philip (18 November 2016). "Kathalijne Buitenweg nummer twee op GroenLinks-lijst" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  4. ^ Van Ast, Maarten (29 March 2017). "Onderhandelingen formatie begonnen: 'Of het lukt, weten we pas op het eind'" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  5. ^ Wassens, Rik (28 May 2020). "Advies aan parlement: richt nieuwe vaste Kamercommissie Digitale Zaken op" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  6. ^ Van der Spek, Boris (24 August 2020). "Kathalijne Buitenweg vertrekt als Kamerlid na de verkiezingen" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Drie nieuwe staatsraden voor de Afdeling advisering" (in Dutch). Raad van State. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  8. ^ Proces-verbaal van de zitting van het centraal stembureau tot het vaststellen van de uitslag van de verkiezing van de leden van de Tweede Kamer (Report) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  9. ^ a b c d as lijstduwer
  10. ^ "Proces-verbaal uitslag verkiezingen Europees Parlement" (in Dutch). 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Proces-verbaal van de zitting van het centraal stembureau tot het vaststellen van de uitslag van de verkiezing van de leden van de Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Proces-verbaal van de zitting van het centraal stembureau tot het vaststellen van de uitslag van de verkiezing van de leden van de Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). 28 September 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Proces-verbaal van de verkiezingsuitslag van de Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). 7 April 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kathalijne Buitenweg at Wikimedia Commons