Eimert van Middelkoop

Eimert van Middelkoop (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛimərt fɑn ˈmɪdəlkoːp];[1] born 14 February 1949) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Union (CU) party and teacher. He is the chairman of the Institute for Multiparty Democracy since 20 January 2018.

Eimert van Middelkoop
Middelkoop Dutch politician kabinet Balkenende IV.jpg
Eimert van Middelkoop in 2007
Minister for Housing,
Communities and Integration
In office
23 February 2010 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byEberhard van der Laan
Succeeded byOffice discontinued
Minister of Defence
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byHenk Kamp
Succeeded byHans Hillen
Member of the Senate
In office
10 June 2003 – 22 February 2007
Parliamentary groupChristian Union
Leader of the Reformed
Political League
In office
14 February 2001 – 13 March 2001
Preceded byGert Schutte
Succeeded byOffice discontinued
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
14 February 2001 – 13 March 2001
Preceded byGert Schutte
Succeeded byOffice discontinued
Parliamentary groupReformed Political League
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
14 May 1989 – 23 May 2002
Parliamentary groupReformed Political League
Personal details
Born
Eimert van Middelkoop

(1949-02-14) 14 February 1949 (age 71)
Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Union (from 2002)
Other political
affiliations
Reformed Political League
(1973–2002)
Children3 sons and 1 daughter
ResidenceBerkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam
(Bachelor of Social Science)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Political consultant · Nonprofit director · Teacher

Early lifeEdit

After high school, van Middelkoop attended what is now Erasmus University, earning a B.A. in Sociology in 1971. In 1971 and 1972, he was a teacher at the Reformed Social Academy in Zwolle. He was exempt from military draft for being indispensable as staff member of the Reformed Political League in the House of Representatives.[2]

PoliticsEdit

Van Middelkoop became a member of the House of Representatives in 1989, while affiliated with the Reformed Political League. Since 2000, he has been aligned with the ChristianUnion (ChristenUnie), which was the product of a fusion of the Reformatory Political Federation (RPF) and the Reformatory Political Federation (GPV). He specialised in foreign and military affairs, prepared the inquiry by the House of Representatives into the role of the Netherlands in the fall of Srebrenica. He lost his seat in the House of Representatives in the 2002 elections.

From 2003 until 2007, van Middelkoop was a member of the Senate of the Netherlands. In the 2006 elections, the ChristianUnion party doubled its seats and joined the fourth Balkenende cabinet. Van Middelkoop became Minister of Defence in 2007.

In September 2008, he told the Dutch opinion magazine, Vrij Nederland, that he would have been very unhappy to have joined the army. Because of this and other remarks, he received criticism from military labour unions, who said that Van Middelkoop had lost his credibility.[3][4]

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal Afghanistan 2010
  Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 3 December 2010 Elevated from Knight (23 May 2002)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn].
  2. ^ House of Representatives biography (in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Van Middelkoop was blij dat hij niet in dienst hoefde" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 23 September 2008. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Van Middelkoop moet praten met militaire vakbonden" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 25 September 2009. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.

External linksEdit

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gert Schutte
Leader of the Reformed
Political League

2001
Succeeded by
Office discontinued
Parliamentary leader of the
Reformed Political League in the
House of Representatives

2001
Political offices
Preceded by
Henk Kamp
Minister of Defence
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Hans Hillen
Preceded by
Eberhard van der Laan
Minister for Housing,
Communities and Integration

2010
Succeeded by
Office discontinued
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Ben Bot
Chairman of the
Institute for Multiparty Democracy

2018–present
Incumbent