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  • Coordinating the work on better regulation within the Commission, ensuring that every proposal respects the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, which are at the heart of the Commission's work.
  • Coordinating the Commission's work on the rule of law and ensuring that every Commission proposal and initiative complies with the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
  • Guiding the work of the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and the Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.
  • Horizontal responsibility for sustainable development.
  • Overseeing the European Commission's relations with the other European institutions and promoting a new partnership with national Parliaments.
  • Coordinating the work on transparency.
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Frans Timmermans' team supports him in his daily work.
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Appointments and meetings

Thu 25 Aug


Meeting with Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, in Paris

With: Frans Timmermans


Dutch nationality. Married with four children.

First Vice-President of the EU Commission, in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • 2014-present
Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 2012-2014
Member of the Dutch parliament, representing Partij van de Arbeid (Dutch Labour Party)
  • 2010-2012
Minister of European Affairs
  • 2007-2010
Member of the Dutch parliament, representing Partij van de Arbeid (Dutch Labour Party)
  • 1998-2007
Senior Advisor and Private Secretary to High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE Max van der Stoel
  • 1995-1998
Staff member for EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek
  • 1994-1995
Deputy head of the Minister for Development Cooperation’s EC Affairs Section
  • 1993-1994
Deputy Secretary of the Dutch embassy in Moscow
  • 1990-1993
Policy Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1987-1990
Postgraduate courses in European Law and French Literature, University of Nancy
  • 1984-1985
Degree in French language and literature, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • 1980-1985