Mona Keijzer

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Mona Keijzer
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Keijzer in 2017
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byMartijn van Dam
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
20 September 2012 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Born
Maria Cornelia Gezina Keijzer

(1968-10-09) 9 October 1968 (age 52)
Edam, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Children5
ResidenceIlpendam
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam (LLM, MA)
OccupationPolitician, lawyer, mediator, civil servant

Maria Cornelia Gezina "Mona" Keijzer (born 9 October 1968) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant serving as State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy alongside Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius since 2017. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), she previously served in the House of Representatives (2012–2017). She focused on matters of nursing, home care and culture. Before becoming a full-time politician she worked as an environmental jurist for the municipalities of Waterland and Almere, as well as for the province of Gelderland.

Studies and family[edit]

Keijzer was born in Edam and studied juridical public administration and public law at the University of Amsterdam. She is married to a urologist and has five sons. She lives in Ilpendam and belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. Her father-in-law is a former alderman of Waterland for the CDA.

Career[edit]

Keijzer started her political career as a member of the municipal council of Waterland from 1996 to 2002 and was later an alderwoman from 1998 to 2006. Subsequently, she worked as a lawyer and mediator in 2005 and 2006. Afterwards she was an alderwoman of neighbouring municipality of Purmerend from 2007 to 2012.

In 2012, she tried to obtain the position of lijsttrekker for the general election of 2012. Although performing unexpectedly well in the elections, she let Sybrand van Haersma Buma go first; placing second on the list of candidates, she received about 127,000 votes.

In 2017 she was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy serving with Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius in the Third Rutte cabinet.

In 2020, she tried to obtain the position of lijsttrekker for the general election of 2021.

Political positions[edit]

In a joint statement in October 2020, Keijzer and her French counterpart Cédric O called for a European Union authority to regulate large technology companies and argued that such an authority should be able to prevent digital platforms from blocking access to their services “unless they have an objective justification.”[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mathieu Rosemain and Douglas Busvine (15 October 2020), France, Netherlands call for an EU watchdog to regulate tech giants Reuters.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Martijn van Dam
State Secretary for Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy

2017–present
Incumbent