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Laurens Jan Brinkhorst

Laurens Jan Brinkhorst

Laurens Jan Brinkhorst was born on 18 March 1937 in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

Previous assignments

1962: Lecturer at the Europe Institute of Leiden University

1965: Director of the Europe Institute and senior lecturer in law of international organisations

1967–1973: Professor of European law at Groningen University

1973–1977: Deputy Minister of European Affairs

1977–1982: Member of the House of Representatives and leader of the Democrats 66 (D66) Parliamentary Party

1982–1987: EU Ambassador to Japan

1987–1994: Director-General for Environmental Affairs and Nuclear Safety

1994–1999: Member of the European Parliament

1999–2002: Minister of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries

2003–2006: Minister of Economic Affairs

2005-2006: Vice Prime Minister

 Current tasks

  • Chairman at Groningen, Leiden and Tilburg Universities in The Netherlands and Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Chairman of the International Institute for Air and Space Law of Leiden University
  • Senior Advisor to various institutions

From July 2007 until 31 December 2013 Mr. Brinkhorst held the post of European Coordinator for Priority Project 6 – the railway axis Lyon-Turin-Venice-Trieste-Divaca-Ljubljana-Budapest-Ukrainian border.

On 12th March 2014 Mr Brinkhorst was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Mediterranean Corridor.

Contact Mr Laurens Brinkhorst here.


Mr Brinkhorst's information note on the CEF call 2014 results


Missions/Press releases 2014

  • The European Coordinator Mr Laurens Jan Brinkhorst welcomes the continuation of the works on Lyon-Turin on the French side and confirms the EU's continuing support of the project.