New cabinet ministers

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14 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Notable newcomer is geneticist and Volkskrant columnist Ronald Platserk (Labour PvdA) as new Minister for Education. Director of the Christian democrat CDA research institute Ab Klink will be Minister for Public Health, a ministry that may be renamed Youth and Health.

14 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Notable newcomer is geneticist and Volkskrant columnist Ronald Platserk (Labour PvdA) as new Minister for Education. Director of the Christian democrat CDA research institute Ab Klink will be Minister for Public Health, a ministry that may be renamed Youth and Health.

It is also a surprise that Amsterdam alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb, long ago hinted at for a ministerial post by PvdA leader Wouter Bos, will not serve as minister after all but instead state secretary of Social Affairs.

Aboutaleb said via a spokesperson that he will put his heart and soul into the position, so that he “can make the difference.” “I don’t care about the honour or the title. I’m in it for the work.” He will be working under CDA Minister for Social Affairs Piet Hein Donner. “I am confident about our cooperation, and believe that I can learn a great deal from him,” said Aboutaleb.

The CDA will fill a total of eight ministerial posts. In addition to Jan Peter Balkenende (Prime Minister, Minister of General Affairs), Ab Klink and Donner, former CDA faction leader Maxime Verhagen will head Foreign Affairs, Ernst Hirsch Ballin will stay on at the Justice Ministry, Member of the European Parliament Camiel Eurlings will be Minister of Transport, Water Management and Public Works, Current Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven will head Economic Affairs, and MP Gerda Verburg will head Agriculture.

The PvdA will fill six ministerial posts in the new government. Wouter Bos will serve as Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, as mentioned earlier Ronald Plasterk will be Minister of Education, Nijmegen mayor Guusje ter Horst will head Home Affairs, and professor of sustainable business Jacqueline Cramer will be the new Minister for the Environment.

Former FNV director Ella Vogelaar will become Minister for Integration and Neighbourhood Improvement, and MP Bert Koenders will become Minister for Development Cooperation.
 
ChristenUnie leader André Rouvoet will head Youth and Family Affairs, also serving as Deputy Prime Minister, and CU senator Eimert van Middelkoop will be Minister of Defence.

Bos said on Monday evening he was proud and pleased with the posts assigned his party. Half of his team consists of women, as the PvdA party executive had asked. Bos said that the six ministers all have enough experience both inside and outside of The Hague “to know what the country needs.”

The PvdA lost the battle for the Ministry of Social Affairs, but thinks it can distinguish itself on important PvdA points in the positions it has been assigned.

Most of the state secretary positions have also been filled.

Four MPs from the PvdA will serve as state secretaries in the new government: Sharon Dijksma at Education, Nebahat Albayrak at Justice, Frans Timmermans at European Affairs, and Jet Bussemaker at Public Health. Former MP Heemskerk will become state secretary of Economic Affairs and Aboutaleb state secretary of Social Affairs.

CDA party chairperson Van Bijsterveldt will be state secretary for Education. Jan Kees de Jager will be state secretary at Finance, Ank Bijleveld will fill the position at Home Affairs, and Cees van der Knaap will stay on at Defence.

It is not yet known who will serve as state secretary at Transport, Water Management and Public Works for the ChristenUnie.

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