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Jozias Johannes van Aartsen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjoːzijɑs joːˈɦɑnəs fɑn ˈaːrtsə(n)];[3] born 25 December 1947) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and political consultant.

Jozias van Aartsen
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Jozias van Aartsen in 2012
Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
4 December 2017 – 12 July 2018
Acting
Preceded byEric van der Burg (Ad interim)
Succeeded byFemke Halsema
King's Commissioner of Drenthe
In office
19 April 2017 – 1 December 2017
Acting
Preceded byJacques Tichelaar
Succeeded byJetta Klijnsma
Mayor of The Hague
In office
27 March 2008 – 1 March 2017
Preceded byJetta Klijnsma (Ad interim)
Succeeded byTom de Bruijn (Ad interim)
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
In office
27 November 2004 – 8 March 2006
Preceded byGerrit Zalm
Succeeded byMark Rutte
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
27 May 2003 – 8 March 2006
Preceded byGerrit Zalm
Succeeded byWillibrord van Beek
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
3 August 1998 – 22 July 2002
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byHans van Mierlo
Succeeded byJaap de Hoop Scheffer
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002 – 30 November 2006
In office
19 May 1998 – 3 August 1998
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
In office
22 August 1994 – 3 August 1998
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byPiet Bukman
Succeeded byHaijo Apotheker
Personal details
Born
Jozias Johannes van Aartsen

(1947-12-25) 25 December 1947 (age 71)
The Hague, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1968)
Spouse(s)
Henriëtte Warsen (m. 1972)
[1]
Children3 children[2]
FatherJan van Aartsen (1909–1992)
ResidenceThe Hague, Netherlands
Alma materVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Political consultant · Nonprofit director
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Van Aartsen worked as a political consultant for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy from 1970 until 1974 and worked as the director of the think tank Telders Foundation from 1974 until 1979. Van Aartsen worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of the Interior from 1979 until 1994 and as Director-General of the department for Administrative Affairs from 1981 until 1983 and as Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior from 1983 until 1985 and as Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior from 15 January 1985 until 22 August 1994. After the election of 1994 Van Aartsen was appointed as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries in the Cabinet Kok I, taking office on 22 August 1994. Van Aartsen was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1998, taking office on 19 May 1998. Following the cabinet formation Jorritsma was appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Kok II, taking office on 3 August 1998. The Cabinet Kok II resigned on 16 April 2002 following the conclusions of the NIOD report into the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War with the cabinet continuing to serve in a demissionary capacity. After the election of 2002 Van Aartsen returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 23 May 2002. Following the cabinet formation Van Aartsen was not giving a ministerial post in the new cabinet. The Cabinet Kok II was replaced by the Cabinet Balkenende I on 22 July 2002. The new Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives Gerrit Zalm named Van Aartsen as his unofficial Deputy Leader on 23 May 2002. After the election of 2003 Leader and Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives Gerrit Zalm choose to accept a ministerial post in the new cabinet and endorsed Deputy Leader Van Aartsen as his successor as his Parliamentary leader, taking office on 27 May 2003. On 27 November 2004 Gerrit Zalm announced that he was stepping down as Leader in favor of Van Aartsen. After the municipal elections of 2006 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy suffered big losses and Van Aartsen accepted responsibility for the defeat and sequentially announced he was stepping down as Leader and Parliamentary leader on 8 March 2006, he was succeeded as Parliamentary leader by Willibrord van Beek until Mark Rutte was elected as Leader and took over as Parliamentary leader on 29 June 2006. In August 2006 Van Aartsen announced that he would not stand for the election of 2006 and continued to serve as a backbencher until the end of the parliamentary term on 30 November 2006.[4][5]

Van Aartsen remained in active politics, in December 2006 he was appointed as Director-General of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and Energy of the European Commission, taking office on 1 January 2007. In February 2008 he was nominated as Mayor of The Hague, he resigned as Director-General the day he was installed as Mayor of The Hague, serving from 27 March 2008 until 1 March 2017. In April 2017 he was appointed as acting King's Commissioner of Drenthe following the resignation of Jacques Tichelaar, serving from 19 April 2017 until 1 December 2017 and in December 2017 he was appointed as acting Mayor of Amsterdam following the death of Eberhard van der Laan, serving from 4 December 2017 until 12 July 2018.

Following the end of his active political career, Van Aartsen occupies numerous seats as a nonprofit director for supervisory boards for several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes (The National Theater, European Cultural Foundation, The Hague Art Circle, Haagsche Courant and the Institute for Multiparty Democracy).

Van Aartsen is known for his abilities as a manager and debater. He holds the distinction as the only person who has served as both Mayor of The Hague and Mayor of Amsterdam.

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Early lifeEdit

Jozias Johannes van Aartsen was born on 25 December 1947 in The Hague, son of Jan van Aartsen, a politician of the Anti Revolutionary Party (ARP). He served as Minister of Transport and Water Management, Minister of Housing and Construction and Queen's Commissioner of Zeeland. After completing the Gymnasium-a he studied law at the VU University Amsterdam but did not graduate. At the age of 22 van Aartsen moved to The Hague to work in politics.

PoliticsEdit

 
Mayor of the Hague Jozias van Aartsen, Director of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Benno Tempel and President of the United States Barack Obama during a visit at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag on 25 March 2014.

When Hans Wiegel became party leader, in 1971, van Aartsen was asked to work for Hans Wiegel as employee of the party in the House of Representatives. In 1974 he became Director-general of the Teldersstichting, the scientific institute of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.

In 1978 Van Aartsen became Chef de Bureau of the Secretary General of Interior. He did this under Ministers Rietkerk, Van Dijk, De Korte, De Koning, Dales and De Graaf. In 1985 he became Secretary General of Interior himself. He was Minister of Agriculture from 1994 to 1998 in the First Kok cabinet. In the Second Kok cabinet he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. When the cabinet fell as a direct result of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies report about the fall of Srebrenica, he became parliamentary leader in the lower house of the States General.

On 1 April 2004 an attempt was made to overrun Van Aartsen by a car when he and a co-worker were doing a photoshoot in front of Hotel Des Indes in The Hague. Van Aartsen was not hurt but the co-worker did sustain a shoulder injury. The assailant, a 41-year-old lawyer by the name of Frederiek de Jongh and an employee of Bureau Rechtshulp in Utrecht confessed her action was politically motivated.[6]

Van Aartsen stepped down as VVD Leader in 2006; in a letter to the newly-elected party leader Mark Rutte, he however expressed his disappointment with the demise of the Second Balkenende cabinet which in his view was uncalled for. He also warned for VVD interparty warring between a populist fraction with a no-nonsense attitude and focus on tax cuts and law and order and a liberal fraction focused on personal freedoms, rule of law, international orientation and education. Jozias van Aartsen is a member of the Bilderberg Group.

He served as Mayor of The Hague from 2008 to 2017; he then took two acting positions in Drenthe and Amsterdam.[7]

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 August 1994
  Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 15 April 2000
  Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg 30 November 2000
  Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic Spain 19 October 2001 [8]
  Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 March 2017 Elevated from Officer (10 December 2002)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Schoktherapeut in een mooi Haags streepjespak, NRC, 4 September 2000
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Minister Jozias van Aartsen langs de Feministische Meetlat, Opzij.nl, 1 October 2000
  3. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn].
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) 'Tussenpaus' Van Beek gaat VVD-fractie leiden, Trouw, March 9, 2006.
  5. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Jozias van Aartsen vertrekt na verkiezingen, Elsevier, August 21, 2006.
  6. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Verwarde advocate reed met opzet Van Aartsen aan, Volkskrant, 4 April 2004.
  7. ^ Van Aartsen waarnemend burgemeester in Amsterdam, nos.nl, 2 November 2017.
  8. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) REAL DECRETO 1143/2001 - Boletín Oficial del Estado

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Gerrit Zalm
Parliamentary leader of the
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the House of Representatives

2003–2006
Succeeded by
Willibrord van Beek
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

2004–2006
Succeeded by
Mark Rutte
Political offices
Preceded by
Piet Bukman
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries

1994–1998
Succeeded by
Haijo Apotheker
Preceded by
Hans van Mierlo
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Preceded by
Jetta Klijnsma
Ad interim
Mayor of The Hague
2008–2017
Succeeded by
Tom de Bruijn
Ad interim
Preceded by
Jacques Tichelaar
King's Commissioner of Drenthe
Acting

2017
Succeeded by
Jetta Klijnsma
Preceded by
Eric van der Burg
Ad interim
Mayor of Amsterdam
Acting

2017–2018
Succeeded by
Femke Halsema
Civic offices
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Director-General of the Department for
Administrative Affairs of the
Ministry of the Interior

1981–1983
Succeeded by
Unknown
Deputy Secretary-General of the
Ministry of the Interior

1983–1985
Preceded by
Aat Vis
Secretary-General of the
Ministry of the Interior

1985–1994
Succeeded by
Wim Kuijken
Non-profit organization positions
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Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
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2019–present
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