Henri "Hans" van den Broek (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑ̃ːri ˈɦɑns fɑn dɛm ˈbruk] (); born 11 December 1936) is a retired Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist. He was granted the honorary title of Minister of State on 25 February 2005. Van den Broek is known for his abilities as a negotiator and debater. Van den Broek continued to comment on political affairs as a statesman until his retirement in 2010. His youngest daughter Marilène is married to Prince Maurits.

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  • Henri "Hans" van den Broek (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑ̃ːri ˈɦɑns fɑn dɛm ˈbruk] (); born 11 December 1936) is a retired Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist. He was granted the honorary title of Minister of State on 25 February 2005. Van den Broek worked as a lawyer for law firm Blom & Dutilh in Rotterdam from 1965 until 1968 and as a corporate director at the synthetic fiber company ENKA from 1968 until 1976. Van den Broek became a Member of the House of Representatives after the resignation of Theo van Schaik, he served in the House of Representatives from 12 October 1976 until 11 September 1981. After the election of 1981 Van den Broek was appointed as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Van Agt II, taking office on 11 September 1981. The Cabinet Van Agt II fell just seven months into its term on 12 May 1982 and the following cabinet formation resulted in the formation of the caretaker Cabinet Van Agt III with Van den Broek continuing as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, taking office on 29 May 1982. After the election of 1982 Van den Broek returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 16 September 1982. The following cabinet formation resulted in the formation of the Cabinet Lubbers I with Van den Broek appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, taking office on 4 November 1982. After the election of 1986 Van den Broek again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 3 June 1986. The following cabinet formation resulted in a continuing coalition to form a Cabinet Lubbers II with Van den Broek continuing as Minister of Foreign Affairs, taking office on 14 July 1986. Following the election of 1989 Van den Broek again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 14 September 1989. The following cabinet formation resulted in the formation of the Cabinet Lubbers III with Van den Broek again continuing to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs, taking office on 7 November 1989. In November 1992 Van den Broek was nominated as the next European Commissioner from the Netherlands in the Third Delors Commission. Van den Broek was giving the heavy portfolios of External Relations and Enlargement. He resigned as a Minister of Foreign Affairs on 3 January 1993 and the Third Delors Commission was installed on 6 January 1993. He continued to serve in the Santer Commission and keept the portfolios of External Relations and Enlargement and got the additional portfolio of Neighbourhood Policy, serving from 25 January 1995 until 16 September 1999. Following the end of his active political career Van den Broek occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations (Institute of International Relations Clingendael, Carnegie Foundation, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the Schiphol Group) and as an advocate, lobbyist and activist for European integration, human rights and nuclear disarmament. Van den Broek is known for his abilities as a negotiator and debater. Van den Broek continued to comment on political affairs as a statesman until his retirement in 2010. His youngest daughter Marilène is married to Prince Maurits. (en)
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  • Henri "Hans" van den Broek (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑ̃ːri ˈɦɑns fɑn dɛm ˈbruk] (); born 11 December 1936) is a retired Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist. He was granted the honorary title of Minister of State on 25 February 2005. Van den Broek is known for his abilities as a negotiator and debater. Van den Broek continued to comment on political affairs as a statesman until his retirement in 2010. His youngest daughter Marilène is married to Prince Maurits. (en)
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