Mayor Jozias van Aartsen

Former Mayor of the Municipality of The Hague and former Foreign Minister of The Netherlands

Jozias Johannes van Aartsen is the former Mayor of The Hague. In this capacity, he chairs the Municipal Council and the Municipal Executive (College van burgemeester en wethouders). The Mayor of The Hague is responsible for the portfolio of public order and safety. Mayors in the Netherlands are not elected but are appointed by the Queen.

Mr van Aartsen was born on 25 December 1947 inThe Hague. He studied law at Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit and was the personal secretary of the VVD (Dutch Liberal Party) party faction leader in the Dutch Lower House of Parliament (Tweede Kamer) from 1971 to 1974. Thereafter he became director of the Telders Foundation, the scholarly think tank of the VVD.

In 1979 he joined the Ministry of the Interior as Chef de Bureau of the Secretary General, serving from 1983 to 1985 as Deputy Secretary General and from 1985 to 1994 as Secretary General. He then became a member of parliament and served as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries (1994-1998) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2002). In 2002 he once again became a member of parliament and served as the VVD party’s parliamentary group chairman from 2003 to 2006. He stepped down after his party showed a disappointing return in the municipal elections.
In 2006 Mr van Aartsen held a position with the European Commission as coordinator of a European Union project to lay a gas pipeline fromAzerbaijan toAustria.

On 27 March 2008 he was appointed as Mayor of The Hague. Jozias van Aartsen is married and has three sons.

Regional Expertise/Focus

The Hague & The Netherlands

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Past Initiative: The Hague Approach

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