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The Second Rutte cabinet, also called the Rutte–Asscher cabinet was the cabinet of the Netherlands from 5 November 2012 until 26 October 2017. The cabinet was formed by the political parties People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the Labour Party (PvdA) after the election of 2012. The grand coalition (Purple) cabinet was a majority government in the House of Representatives.[1]

Second Rutte cabinet
Rutte–Asscher cabinet
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69th cabinet of the Netherlands
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The cabinet members of the Second Rutte cabinet on 5 November 2012
Date formed 5 November 2012 (2012-11-05)
Date dissolved 26 October 2017 (2017-10-26)
(Demissionary from 14 March 2017 (2017-03-14))
People and organisations
Head of state Queen Beatrix
(2012–2013)
King Willem-Alexander
(2013–2017)
Head of government Mark Rutte
Deputy head of government Lodewijk Asscher
No. of ministers 13
Ministers removed
(Death/resignation/dismissal)
4
Total no. of ministers 17
Member party People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(VVD)
Labour Party
(PvdA)
Status in legislature Grand coalition (Purple)
Opposition party Party for Freedom
Opposition leader Geert Wilders
History
Election(s) 2012 election
Outgoing election 2017 election
Legislature term(s) 2012–2017
Incoming formation 2012 formation
Outgoing formation 2017 formation
Predecessor First Rutte cabinet
Successor Third Rutte cabinet

Contents

TermEdit

Composition ChangesEdit

On 6 December 2012 just 31 days after taking office State Secretary for Economic Affairs Co Verdaas (PvdA) resigned after he was accused of making inappropriate declarations when he served as a Member of the Provincial-Executive of Gelderland.[2] He was replaced as State Secretary for Economic Affairs by former State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sharon Dijksma (PvdA) on 18 December 2012.[3]

On 17 October 2014 Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans (PvdA) resigned after he was nominated as the next European Commissioner succeeding Neelie Kroes.[4] He was replaced as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations in Mali and former Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders (PvdA).[5]

On 10 March 2015 Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten (VVD) and State Secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven (VVD) resigned after it was discovered that Fred Teeven when he served as a Prosecutor authorized the return of 4.7 million guilders to convicted drugs dealer Cees H. in 2000 without the knowledge of his superior or the tax office.[6]

On 4 October 2017 Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (VVD) resigned following a critical report by the Dutch Safety Board into the investigation of the accidental deaths of two Army soldiers who died following the use of old ammunition during a Mortar test during the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.[7] She was replaced as Minister of Defence by State Secretary for Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) who served out the remaining three weeks before the installation of the new cabinet.[8]

Cabinet MembersEdit

Ministers Title/Ministry Term of office Party
  Mark Rutte
(born 1967)
Prime Minister General Affairs 14 October 2010 –
Incumbent
[Retained]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Dr.
Lodewijk Asscher
(born 1974)
Deputy Prime Minister /
Minister
Social Affairs and Employment 5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Dr.
Ronald Plasterk
(born 1957)
Minister Interior and Kingdom Relations 5 November 2012 –
29 June 2016
[Note]
Labour Party
  Stef Blok
(born 1964)
29 June 2016 –
16 September 2016
[Ad interim]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Dr.
Ronald Plasterk
(born 1957)
16 September 2016 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Frans Timmermans
(born 1961)
Minister Foreign Affairs 5 November 2012 –
17 October 2014
[Appt]
Labour Party
  Bert Koenders
(born 1958)
17 October 2014 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Jeroen Dijsselbloem
(born 1966)
Minister Finance 5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Ivo Opstelten
(born 1944)
Minister Security and Justice 14 October 2010 –
10 March 2015
[Retained] [Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Stef Blok
(born 1964)
10 March 2015 –
20 March 2015
[Ad interim]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Ard van der Steur
(born 1969)
20 March 2015 –
27 January 2017
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Stef Blok
(born 1964)
27 January 2017 –
26 October 2017
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Henk Kamp
(born 1952)
Minister Economic Affairs 5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
(born 1973)
Minister Defence 5 November 2012 –
4 October 2017
[Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Dr.
Klaas Dijkhoff
(born 1981)
4 October 2017 –
26 October 2017
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Edith Schippers
(born 1964)
Minister Health, Welfare and Sport 14 October 2010 –
26 October 2017
[Retained]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Dr.
Jet Bussemaker
(born 1961)
Minister Education, Culture and Science 5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Melanie Schultz van Haegen
(born 1970)
Minister Infrastructure and the Environment 14 October 2010 –
26 October 2017
[Retained]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ministers without portfolio Title/Portfolio/Ministry Term of office Party
  Stef Blok
(born 1964)
Minister Central Government Affairs, Government Real Estate,
Urban Planning, Public Housing
(within Interior and Kingdom Relations)
5 November 2012 –
27 January 2017
[Appt]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Lilianne Ploumen
(born 1962)
Minister Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
(within Foreign Affairs)
5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
State Secretaries Title/Portfolio/Ministry Term of office Party
  Frans Weekers
(born 1967)
State Secretary Fiscal Affairs, Tax and Customs Administration,
Local Government Finances, National Mint,
State Lottery
(within Finance)
14 October 2010 –
30 January 2014
[Retained] [Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Eric Wiebes
(born 1963)
4 February 2014 –
26 October 2017
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Fred Teeven
(born 1958)
State Secretary
[Title]
Integration, Immigration,
Asylum Affairs, Public Prosecution Service,
Privacy Policy, Administrative Law,
Family Law, Youth Justice,
International Law, Prison Administration,
Gambling Policy, Copyright Law,
Rehabilitation, Prevention,
Debt Management, Minority Affairs
(within Security and Justice)
14 October 2010 –
10 March 2015
[Retained] [Res]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Dr.
Klaas Dijkhoff
(born 1981)
20 March 2015 –
4 October 2017
[Appt]
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Dr.
Co Verdaas
(born 1966)
State Secretary
[Title]
Postal Service, Tourism Affairs,
Nature Policy, Agricultural Management,
Food Policy, Rural Development,
Environmental Remediation, Fisheries,
Forestry, Animal Welfare
(within Economic Affairs)
5 November 2012 –
6 December 2012
[Res]
Labour Party
  Sharon Dijksma
(born 1971)
18 December 2012 –
5 November 2015
[Appt]
Labour Party
  Martijn van Dam
(born 1978)
3 November 2015 –
1 September 2017
[Res]
Labour Party
Martin van Rijn
(born 1956)
State Secretary Youth Policy, Elderly Policy,
Disability Affairs, Veteran Affairs,
Biotechnology Policy, Medical Ethics Policy
(within Health, Welfare and Sport)
5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Jetta Klijnsma
(born 1957)
State Secretary Social Security, Unemployment Affairs,
Occupational Safety, Social Services,
Poverty Policy, Equality,
Emancipation
(within Social Affairs and Employment)
5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
  Sander Dekker
(born 1975)
State Secretary Higher Education, Teacher Policy,
Science Policy, Media Affairs,
Culture Policy, Arts Policy
(within Education, Culture and Science)
5 November 2012 –
26 October 2017
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
  Wilma Mansveld
(born 1962)
State Secretary
[Title]
Transport Infrastructure, Aviation Infrastructure,
Public Transport, Environmental Policy,
Weather Forecasting Service
(within Infrastructure and the Environment)
5 November 2012 –
28 October 2015
[Res]
Labour Party
  Sharon Dijksma
(born 1971)
3 November 2015 –
26 October 2017
Labour Party
Source: (in Dutch) Kabinet-Rutte-Asscher Rijksoverheid
Retained Retained this position from the previous cabinet.
Res Resigned.
Ad interim Served ad interim.
Appt Appointment: Frans Timmermans appointed First Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner; Stef Blok appointed Minister of Security and Justice; Klaas Dijkhoff appointed Minister of Defence; Sharon Dijksma appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment.
Title Allowed to use the title of Minister while on foreign business.
Note Ronald Plasterk took a medical leave of absence from 29 June 2016 until 16 September 2016.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in English) "Dutch queen swears in new centrist government under Prime Minister Mark Rutte". Fox News World. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  2. ^ (in Dutch) "Staatssecretaris Co Verdaas stapt op". NU.nl. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  3. ^ (in Dutch) "Sharon Dijksma staatssecretaris". NOS. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  4. ^ (in Dutch) "Timmermans voorgedragen als Eurocommissaris". NU.nl. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  5. ^ (in Dutch) "Bert Koenders nieuwe minister van Buitenlandse Zaken". NRC Handelsblad. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  6. ^ (in Dutch) "Tijdlijn opstappen Opstelten en Teeven". NOS. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  7. ^ (in Dutch) "Hennis treedt af om dodelijk ongeval Mali". NOS. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  8. ^ (in Dutch) "Dijkhoff voor even minister van Defensie". NOS. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 

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