Following recent elections in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a new cabinet was sworn in on 5 November and Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been appointed Minister of Finance, succeeding Mr Jan Cornelis De Jager.
Mr Dijsselbloem also becomes EIB Governor for the Netherlands. Mr Dijsselbloem was born in Eindhoven in 1966. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University and did business economics research towards a master’s degree at the University College in Cork, Ireland
In 1992, Mr Dijsselbloem worked as an assistant to the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) Members of the European Parliament in Brussels. He joined the staff of the parliamentary PvdA in The Hague in 1993, where he worked for three years as a policy officer in the area of spatial planning.
Mr Dijsselbloem sat on the Wageningen municipal council from 1994 to 1997.
In 1996, he became a political-administrative adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries in The Hague, a position he held for two years. He was then appointed deputy head of that ministry’s advisory section, where he remained until 2000.
Mr Dijsselbloem was a member of the House of Representatives from March 2000 to May 2002 and from November 2002 until taking up his post as minister of Finance.