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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.

Mission letter

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European Parliament hearings

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Frans Timmermans' team supports him in his daily work.
Team page



Appointments and meetings

  • Wed 24 Jul

    Mr Frans Timmermans meets members of the #FreeCourts Initiative, a group of Polish lawyers, in Brussels, Belgium

    Frans Timmermans


As part of the Commission’s commitment to transparency, Commissioners and their members of Cabinet publish information on meetings held with organisations or self-employed individuals.

In line with the Commission's Code of Conduct for Members of the Commission, each Commissioner publishes a Declaration of Interests.

A signed, authentic version is published at the bottom of this page.

A machine-readable version of all Declarations is also published. This is in line with the requirements of the Code of Conduct.

The Declarations of Interests follow the requirements set out in Article 3 and in Annex 1 of the new Code of Conduct for Commissioners [pdf].


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