Hans van den Broek

His Excellency
Hans van den Broek
European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
In office
6 January 1993  15 September 1999
President Jacques Delors
Jacques Santer
Manuel Marín (1999)
Preceded by Frans Andriessen
Succeeded by Leon Brittan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 November 1982  3 January 1993
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Dries van Agt
Succeeded by Peter Kooijmans
Personal details
Born Henri van den Broek
(1936-12-11) 11 December 1936
Paris, France
Political party KVP (pre 1980)
CDA (from 1980)
Spouse(s) Josée van Schendel
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Utrecht University
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
This is a Dutch name; the family name is van den Broek, not Broek.

Henri "Hans" van den Broek (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɑ̃ːri ɦɑns vɑn dɛn bruk]; born 11 December 1936) is a former Dutch politician. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs (1982–1993) and European Commissioner for External Relations (1993–1999).

Early life and education

Henri van den Broek was born on 11 December 1936 in Paris in France. His father was Hendrik Johannes van den Broek and his mother was Maria Alberta Antonia Roest.[1]

Van den Broek went to the Roman Catholic secondary school Lyceum voor het Gooi in Hilversum. He studied Dutch law at Utrecht University in Utrecht, where he received his master's degree (Master of Law) in 1965.[1]


Van den Broek began his career as a lawyer. He joined the Katholieke Volkspartij (KVP) and was member of the municipal council of Rheden between 1970 and 1974. Between 1976 and 1981 he was member of the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Dutch parliament, as representative of the KVP and later of the Christen-Democratisch Appèl (CDA).

He was Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs in the governments of Ruud Lubbers three times and in 1991 was one of the EU negotiators of the Brioni Agreement, which ended the ten-day war in Slovenia. On 6 January 1993 he became a member of the European Commission, once again with responsibility for foreign relations, especially the Enlargement of the European Union. He remained in that post until March 1999, when he retired from European politics.

On 25 February 2005, he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.[1]

Van den Broek is president of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) and also of Radio Netherlands. He is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation, a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world.[2]

He is a signatory of Global Zero (campaign), a non-profit international initiative for the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide.[3]

Personal life

Van den Broek is married with Josee van den Broek-van Schendel. They have two daughters, one of whom is Princess Marilène, the wife of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven.


Government offices
Preceded by
Dries van Agt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Peter Kooijmans
Preceded by
Frans Andriessen
Dutch European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Frits Bolkestein


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Mr. H. (Hans) van den Broek". www.parlement.com (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 8 September 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  2. "Group Offers Plan to Eliminate Nukes by 2030" (PDF). The New York Times. 29 June 2009.
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