Maxime Verhagen

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Maxime Verhagen
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Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
14 October 2010 – 5 November 2012
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byAndré Rouvoet
Succeeded byLodewijk Asscher
Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
In office
14 October 2010 – 5 November 2012
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byMaria van der Hoeven (Economic Affairs)
Gerda Verburg (Agriculture)
Succeeded byHenk Kamp (Economic Affairs)
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
In office
9 June 2010 – 30 June 2012
Preceded byJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded bySybrand van Haersma Buma
Minister for Development Cooperation
In office
23 February 2010 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byBert Koenders
Succeeded byLilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, 2012)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byBen Bot
Succeeded byUri Rosenthal
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 14 October 2010
Preceded byPieter van Geel
Succeeded bySybrand van Haersma Buma
In office
9 February 2007 – 22 February 2007
Preceded byJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded byPieter van Geel
In office
21 May 2003 – 30 November 2006
Preceded byJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded byJan Peter Balkenende
In office
11 July 2002 – 30 January 2003
Succeeded byJan Peter Balkenende
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 14 October 2010
In office
17 May 1994 – 22 February 2007
Member of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
In office
25 July 1989 – 19 July 1994
Personal details
Born
Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen

(1956-09-14) 14 September 1956 (age 64)
Maastricht, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal (1976–present)
Spouse(s)
Annemieke Beijlevelt
(m. 1984)
Children3
EducationLeiden University (BA, MA)

Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑˈksim ʒɑk mɑrˈsɛɫ vərˈɦaːɣə(n)]; born 14 September 1956) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and historian.

Verhagen studied Contemporary history at the Leiden University obtaining a Master of Arts degree. Verhagen worked as a political consultant and campaign manager for the Christian Democratic Appeal from February 1986 until July 1989. After the European Parliamentary election of 1989 Verhagen was elected as a Member of the European Parliament on 25 July 1989. After the election of 1994 Verhagen was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives on 17 May 1994 serving as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Foreign and European Affairs. After the election of 2002 Party Leader and Parliamentary leader Jan Peter Balkenende became Prime Minister and Verhagen was selected as his successor as Parliamentary leader on 11 July 2002. After the election of 2003 Verhagen continued as Parliamentary leader. After the election of 2006 Verhagen was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Balkenende IV taking office on 22 February 2007. The Cabinet Balkenende IV fell exactly 3 years into its term and Verhagen took over as Minister for Development Cooperation taking office on 23 February 2010. Shortly after the election of 2010 Balkenende announced he was stepping down as Party Leader and Verhagen was anonymously selected as his successor on 9 June 2010.

After the election Verhagen returned to the House of Representatives as Parliamentary leader on 17 June 2010 and following a successful cabinet formation with Liberal Leader Mark Rutte formed the Cabinet Rutte I with Verhagen appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation taking office on 14 October 2010. The Cabinet Rutte I fell 18 months into its term and shortly thereafter Verhagen unexpectedly announced his retirement and that he wouldn't stand for the election of 2012.

Verhagen retired from active politics at 56 and became active in the private and public sectors as a corporate and non-profit director, and works as a trade association executive serving as Chairman of the Construction association since July 2013 and became a Member of the Social and Economic Council for the Industry and Employers confederation (VNO-NCW) in October 2015.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen was born on 14 September 1956 in Maastricht in the Netherlands Province of Limburg in a Roman Catholic family. He studied at Leiden University where he obtained an Master of Arts degree in History in 1986. For a brief period during his college years, Verhagen was associated with both left-wing radicalism and the liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He joined the CDA in 1976.[3]

Politics[edit]

Verhagen started working for the CDA and was elected to the city council of Oegstgeest, and then elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the European People's Party after the European Parliament election of 1989. After the general election of 1994, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. On 11 July 2002 he became CDA parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. After became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the fourth Balkenende cabinet in 2007, he was succeeded in that position by Pieter van Geel. After the resignation of the Labour Party ministers, he became interim Minister for Development Cooperation.

Minister Maxime Verhagen and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Harry S Truman Building on 2 April 2007.

When the Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal and Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives Jan Peter Balkenende became Prime Minister Verhagen succeed him as the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives on 11 July 2002. During the Cabinets Balkenende I, II en III Verhagen became the unofficial Deputy leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal.

He became the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Balkenende IV serving from 22 February 2007 to 14 October 2010, while he also served as Minister for Development Cooperation following the resignation from Bert Koenders. As such, at the request of gay rights groups, Verhagen called upon the Nuncio to the Netherlands, Monsignor François Bacqué, to respond to accusations that the Roman Catholic Church opposed homosexual rights. He later expressed concern at the lifting of the excommunication of controversial bishop Richard Williamson, a member of the Society of Saint Pius X.[4]

The Christian Democratic Appeal did badly in the general election of 2010, and the then Christian Democratic Appeal Party leader and Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, resigned the same day. Verhagen replaced him as leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal parliamentary party.

After the 2010 Dutch cabinet formation Verhagen became the Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Deputy Prime Minister in the first Rutte cabinet. Verhagen resigned in November 2012, together with the rest of the cabinet.

Other activities[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In 2021, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published about an integrity case study in which Maxime Verhagen was involved. Verhagen had been paid by the Province of Limburg to negotiate with industrial company VDL Groep as an 'ambassador' of the Province of Limburg. At the same time, Verhagen was on VDL Groep's payroll as an advisor. Verhagen was subsequently fired by the Province of Limburg.[6]

Personal[edit]

Verhagen is married to Annemieke Beijlevelt since 1984 and has 2 sons and 1 daughter. They live in Voorburg.

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
CHL Order of Bernardo O'Higgins - Grand Officer BAR.png Grand Officer of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins Chile 2007
Gold ereteken voor Verdienste 1987.jpg Decoration of Merit in Gold Netherlands 15 October 2010
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Officer BAR.png Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 7 December 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "drs. M.J.M. (Maxime) Verhagen" (in Dutch). Sociaal-Economische Raad. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Verhagen naar Bouwend Nederland, NOS, 7 February 2013
  3. ^ "Verhagen in voetsporen van De Hoop Scheffer". NRC Handelsblad. 11 July 2002.
  4. ^ Netherlands urges pope to condemn Holocaust denier, Expatica, 30 January 2009
  5. ^ 2009 Annual Report European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  6. ^ "Niet VVD, maar CDA had met elf affaires de meeste integriteitsproblemen in 2020". de Volkskrant. 5 February 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.

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Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
2003–2006
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
2007
Succeeded by
Pieter van Geel
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Sybrand van Haersma Buma
Preceded by
Pieter van Geel
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Bot
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Uri Rosenthal
Preceded by
Bert Koenders
Minister for Development Cooperation
2010
Vacant
Title next held by
Lilianne Ploumen
2012

as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Preceded by
André Rouvoet
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Lodewijk Asscher
Preceded by
Maria van der Hoeven
as Minister of Economic Affairs
Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Henk Kamp
as Minister of Economic Affairs
Preceded by
Gerda Verburg
as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality