Henk Kamp

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Henk Kamp
Henk Kamp 2011 (1).jpg
Henk Kamp in 2011
Member of the Social and
Economic Council
Assumed office
1 February 2018
ChairMariëtte Hamer
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
5 November 2012 – 26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byMaxime Verhagen
as Minister of Economic Affairs,
Agriculture and Innovation
Succeeded byEric Wiebes
as Minister of Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
14 October 2010 – 5 November 2012
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byPiet Hein Donner
Succeeded byLodewijk Asscher
Governor of the
Caribbean Netherlands
In office
1 January 2009 – 10 October 2010
MonarchBeatrix
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byHans Gerritsen
Minister of Defence
In office
12 December 2002 – 22 February 2007
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byBenk Korthals
Succeeded byEimert van Middelkoop
Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment
In office
22 July 2002 – 27 May 2003
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byJan Pronk
Succeeded bySybilla Dekker
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
30 November 2006 – 18 December 2008
In office
30 January 2003 – 27 May 2003
In office
17 May 1994 – 22 July 2002
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Henricus Gregorius Jozeph Kamp

(1952-07-23) 23 July 1952 (age 66)
Hengelo, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1972)
Spouse(s)
Linda Kamp (m. 1975)
Children1 son and 1 daughter
ResidenceDiepenheim, Netherlands
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Businessman · Corporate director · Trade association executive · Tax collector

Henricus Gregorius Jozeph "Henk" Kamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɛnˈrikəs xreːˈɣoːriəs ˈjoːzəf ɦɛŋk kɑmp];[1] born 23 July 1952) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman. He is the Chairman of trade association ActiZ since 1 January 2018 and a Member of the Social and Economic Council since 1 February 2018. He also serves as Chairman of the Supervisory board of the Twente Hospital Group since 1 November 2017.

Kamp served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 17 May 1994 until 22 July 2002 when he became Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Cabinet Balkenende I. Kamp became acting Minister of Defence following the resignation of Benk Korthals on 12 December 2002 and remained as Minister of Defence in the successive Cabinets Balkenende II and III. He was succeeded as Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment on 27 May 2003 by Sybilla Dekker at the inauguration of the Cabinet Balkenende II. After the Dutch general election of 2006 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy became an opposition party and Kamp returned to the House of Representatives on 30 November 2006. He stepped down as a Member of the House of Representatives on 18 December 2008 after he was named as Commissioner for the Netherlands Antilles to supervise the dissolution of the Islands, he took office on 1 January 2009 and left 10 October 2010 the day the Netherlands Antilles was officially dissolved. Following the Dutch general election of 2010 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy became the largest party in the House of Representatives and after the cabinet formation the Cabinet Rutte I was formed with Kamp becoming Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on 14 October 2010. After the Dutch general election of 2012 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy remained the largest party in the House of Representatives and Kamp was asked to make preparations for a new cabinet formation, Kamp and former Leader of the Labour Party Wouter Bos became informateurs for the Second Rutte cabinet and Kamp became Minister of Economic Affairs serving from 5 November 2012 until 26 October 2017. He did not seek another term as Minister in the Third Rutte cabinet.

Early life[edit]

Henricus Gregorius Jozeph Kamp was born on 23 July 1952 in Hengelo in the Netherlands Province of Overijssel in a Roman Catholic family. He left the Roman Catholic faith years later and became a Humanist. After completing his HAVO diploma he worked at two wholesalers in Enschede, Borculo and Tilburg until 1977. From 1977 to 1980 he attended the auditors training at the Tax Training in Utrecht. He worked as an investigator for the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) until 1986.

Politics[edit]

From 1976 to 1994 he was a member of the municipal council in Borculo. From 1986 he was in also alderman in Borculo. From 1987 to 1994 he was a member of the Provincial Council of Gelderland. He became a Member of the House of Representatives on 17 May 1994. On 22 July 2002, Kamp became Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. He was Minister of Defence from December 12, 2002 till 22 February 2007. After early elections where held as a result of parliamentary agreements following the formation of the minority cabinet Balkenende III. As part of his "farewell tour" as Minister of Defence, Henk Kamp visited the Dutch troops in Afghanistan and paid his respects to president Hamid Karzai. President Karzai awarded Henk Kamp the High State Medal of Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan.[2] Kamp left the House of Representatives on 1 January 2009 to head the transformation of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius to special municipalities within the Netherlands.

On 13 September 2012, the day after the parliamentary elections, Kamp was asked to prepare for the formation of a new cabinet and had exploratory conversations with several parties. Already on that very day the Parliamentary leaders in the House of Representatives met with the President of the House of Representatives Gerdi Verbeet. His opinion after the talks was to start a formation on a coalition with the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and the Labour Party with himself and former Leader of the Labour Party Wouter Bos as informateurs. The formation resulted in the forming of the Cabinet Rutte II and Kamp became Minister of Economic Affairs and took office on 5 November 2012. After the resignation of Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten on 10 March 2015, Kamp became the senior member of the Council of Ministers and the third highest-ranking member after Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.

Early February 2016 Kamp announced his retirement from national politics as of the 2017 elections.[3]

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 1Class BAR.svg 1st Class, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Japan 24 October 2014 [4]
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 14 February 2018 Elevated from Officer (11 April 2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Gregorius is pronounced [ɣreːˈɣoːriəs].
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in English) Minister awards Afghan president clogs, Dutchnews.nl, 13 February 2007
  3. ^ "Henk Kamp kondigt afscheid van Den Haag aan" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese) Foreign honours recipients 2014, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, 24 October 2014

External links[edit]

Official
Government offices
Preceded by
Mark Rutte
as Formateur
2010
Informateur
2012
Served alongside: Wouter Bos
Succeeded by
Mark Rutte
as Formateur
2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Pronk
Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment

2002–2003
Succeeded by
Sybilla Dekker
Preceded by
Benk Korthals
Minister of Defence
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Eimert van Middelkoop
Preceded by
Office established
Governor of the
Caribbean Netherlands

2009–2010
Succeeded by
Hans Gerritsen
Preceded by
Piet Hein Donner
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

2010–2012
Succeeded by
Lodewijk Asscher
Preceded by
Maxime Verhagen
as Minister of Economic Affairs,
Agriculture and Innovation
Minister of Economic Affairs
2012–2017
Succeeded by
Eric Wiebes
as Minister of Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy
Business positions
Preceded by
Paul te Riele
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Twente Hospital Group

2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Guus van Montfort
Chairman of ActiZ
2018–present