Maxime Verhagen

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Maxime Verhagen
Maxime Verhagen 2012.jpg
Maxime Verhagen in 2012
Member of the Social and
Economic Council
Assumed office
1 October 2015
ChairMariëtte Hamer
Deputy Prime Minister
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
as Minister of Economic Affairs
Gerda Verburg
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
Succeeded byHenk Kamp
as Minister of 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
as Minister for 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
Parliamentary leader 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
Preceded byJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded byJan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 14 October 2010
In office
17 May 1994 – 22 February 2007
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the European Parliament
In office
25 July 1989 – 19 July 1994
Parliamentary groupEuropean People's Party group
ConstituencyNetherlands
Personal details
Born
Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen

(1956-09-14) 14 September 1956 (age 63)
Maastricht, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Spouse(s)
Annemieke Beijlevelt (m. 1984)
Children2 sons and 1 daughter
ResidenceVoorburg, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts)
OccupationPolitician · Historian · Corporate director · Trade association executive · Political consultant · Management consultant · Researcher · Lobbyist

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 attended the Sint-Maartenscollege in Maastricht from June 1969 until June 1975 and applied at the Leiden University in June 1975 majoring in Modern history and obtaining an Bachelor of Arts degree in July 1977 and worked as a student researcher before graduating with an Master of Arts degree in July 1986. Verhagen served on the Municipal Council of Oegstgeest from May 1982 until July 1989 and worked as a political consultant for the Christian Democratic Appeal from February 1986 until July 1989.

Verhagen was elected as a Member of the European Parliament after the European Parliamentary election of 1989, taking office on 25 July 1989. Verhagen was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1994, taking office on 17 May 1994 and he subsequently resigned as a Member of the European Parliament on 19 July 1994. After the election of 2002 the Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal and Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives Jan Peter Balkenende became Prime Minister in the Cabinet Balkenende I and Verhagen was selected as his successor as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives, taking office on 11 July 2002. After the election of 2003 Balkenende returned as Parliamentary leader on 30 January 2003 but following the cabinet formation of 2003 he remained as Prime Minister in the Cabinet Balkenende II and Verhagen again took over as Parliamentary leader, taking office on 21 May 2003. After the election of 2006 Balkenende again returned as Parliamentary leader on 30 November 2006 but stepped down and Verhagen again took over as Parliamentary leader, taking office on 9 February 2007. Following the cabinet formation 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 on 20 February 2010 after tensions in the coalition over the extension of the Dutch involvement in the Task Force Urozgan of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity with Verhagen continuing as Minister of Foreign Affairs and also took over as Minister for Development Cooperation, taking office on 23 February 2010.

After the election of 2010 the Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal and incumbent Prime Minister Balkenende announced he was stepping down as Leader following the defeat in the election, the Christian Democratic Appeal leadership approached Verhagen who had been serving as the de facto Deputy Leader as his successor, Verhagen accepted and became the Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal, taking office on 9 June 2010 and subsequently returned as a Member of the House of Representatives and as Parliamentary leader, taking office on 17 June 2010. The Following cabinet formation of 2010 resulted in a coalition agreement between the Christian Democratic Appeal and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with Confidence and supply from the Party for Freedom (PVV) which 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 on 23 April 2012 after tensions in the coalition over the Euro convergence criteria and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity. In May 2012 Verhagen announced his retirement from national politics and that he wouldn't stand for the election of 2012. The Cabinet Rutte I was replaced by the Cabinet Rutte II following the cabinet formation of 2012 on 5 November 2012.

Verhagen retired after spending 23 years in national politics and became active in the private sector and public sector and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (VDL Groep, SABIC and the DSM Company). In June 2013 Verhagen was appointed as a trade association executive for the Construction association serving as Chairman since 1 July 2013 and became a Member of the Social and Economic Council, taking office on 1 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 Dutch 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.

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]

Personal[edit]

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

Decorations[edit]

Military decorations
Ribbon bar Decoration Country Date Comment
Decoration of Merit in Gold Netherlands 2012
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
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).

External links[edit]

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary leader of the
Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

2002–2003
2003–2006
2007
2010
Succeeded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded by
Pieter van Geel
Preceded by
Pieter van Geel
Succeeded by
Sybrand van
Haersma Buma
Preceded by
Jan Peter Balkenende
Leader of the Christian
Democratic Appeal

2010–2012
Succeeded by
Sybrand van
Haersma Buma
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
Succeeded by
Lilianne Ploumen
as Minister for Foreign Trade and
Development Cooperation
(2012)
Preceded by
André Rouvoet
Deputy Prime Minister
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
Business positions
Preceded by
Elco Brinkman
Chairman of the
Executive Board of the
Construction association

2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michaël van Straalen
Vice Chairman of the
Executive Board of the
Industry and Employers
confederation

2015–present