Dutch voice in a European chorus

Frans Timmermans, Dutch Minister for European Affairs

1961 – Born in Maastricht
1985 – Graduates, Radboud University, Nijmegen
1986 – Postgraduate course in European law and politics and French literature, University of Nancy, France
1987 – Completes military service, military intelligence service
1988 – Policy officer, european integration department, dutch foreign ministry
1990 – Embassy Secretary, Dutch embassy, Moscow
1993 – Deputy Minister for Development Co-operation EEC affairs section
1994 – Works for EU commissioner, Hans Van Den Broek
1995 – Advisor and private secretary to the High Commissioner on National Minorities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
1998 – Member, house of representatives of the States General for the Labour Party
2007 – Dutch minister for European affairs in the Fourth Balkenende Government

After the last obstacles have been removed and the Czech Republic has finally ratified it, the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which creates the posts of president and foreign policy director, is expected to come into force on December 1. National leaders are currently debating who should get the two top jobs in the EU, which are the Union President and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

To talk about the Lisbon Treaty and its consequences, our guest is Dutch Minister for European Affairs Frans Timmermans.