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Medy Catharina van der Laan (born 14 August 1968 in Spijkenisse) is a former Dutch politician. She was Secretary of State of Culture and Media in the second Balkenende cabinet (2003–2006). She is a member of Democrats 66 (D66).
Spijkenisse is a town in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. After an administrative reform in 2015 it is part of the municipality of Nissewaard.
The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.
A politician is a person active in party politics, or a person holding or seeking office in government. Politicians propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and, by extension, its people. Broadly speaking, a "politician" can be anyone who seeks to achieve political power in any bureaucratic institution.
The Second Balkenende cabinet was the cabinet of the Netherlands from 27 May 2003 until 7 July 2006. The cabinet was formed by the political parties Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the Democrats 66 (D66) after the election of 2003. The centre-right cabinet was a majority government in the House of Representatives.
The cabinet of the Netherlands is the main executive body of the Netherlands. The current cabinet of the Netherlands is the Third Rutte cabinet, which has been in power since 26 October 2017. It is headed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his deputies Hugo de Jonge, Kajsa Ollongren and Carola Schouten.
The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is the Dutch Ministry responsible for public health, health care, quality of life, social work and sport. The Ministry was created in 1951 as the "Ministry of Social Affairs and Health" and had several name changes before it became the "Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport" in 1994. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, currently Hugo de Jonge (CDA), assisted by one State secretary, currently Paul Blokhuis (CU), and the Minister for Medical Care, currently Bruno Bruins (VVD).
Hedwig "Hedy" d'Ancona is a Dutch feminist, television producer, and retired politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). d'Ancona was a television producer in the 1960s and 1970s for the VARA, and co-founded the influential feminist magazine Opzij in 1972. From 1989 to 1994 she was the Minister of Health, Welfare and Culture, and she acted as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment for issues concerning women's liberation. She also served in the European Parliament and in the first chamber of the Dutch parliament.
The Den Uyl cabinet was the cabinet of the Netherlands from 11 May 1973 until 19 December 1977. The cabinet was formed by the political parties Labour Party (PvdA), Catholic People's Party (KVP), Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP), Political Party of Radicals (PPR) and the Democrats 66 (D'66) after the election of 1972. The left-wing cabinet was a majority government in the House of Representatives. Joop den Uyl, the Leader of the Labour Party was Prime Minister, with Dries van Agt of the Catholic People's Party and Gaius de Gaay Fortman of the Anti-Revolutionary Party serving as Deputy Prime Ministers.
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is the Dutch Ministry responsible for education, culture, science, research, gender equality and communications. The Ministry was created in 1918 as the Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences and had several name changes before it became the Education, Culture and Science in 1994. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, currently Ingrid van Engelshoven.
Sharon Alida Maria Dijksma is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). She is a Alderperson of Amsterdam since 30 May 2018.
Nebahat Albayrak is a is a retired Turkish–Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and jurist. She is a corporate director at Upstream International a division of Royal Dutch Shell since 5 November 2012.
The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment was a Dutch ministry. It was responsible for policies on public housing, spatial planning, the environment and the housing of national government agencies. It was merged with the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management into the new Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on 14 October 2010.
Jellejetta "Jetta" Klijnsma is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). She is the King's Commissioner of Drenthe since 1 December 2017.
Hans Andries de Boer is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).
Wassila Hachchi is a Dutch former politician and former civil servant and Royal Netherlands Navy officer. As a member of Democrats 66 (D66) she was an MP from 17 June 2010 until 19 January 2016. She focused on matters of defense, development aid and Kingdom relations.
Stientje van Veldhoven-van der Meer is a Dutch politician and former diplomat and civil servant serving as State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017. A member of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, she was previously elected to the House of Representatives from 17 June 2010 until her appointment. As a parliamentarian, she focused on matters of climate, energy, natural environment, agriculture, fishery, animal rights and development aid.
Sim Ann is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), she is the Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Communications and Information. She has been a member of parliament (MP) since 2011, representing the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency.
Maria Cornelia Gezina "Mona" Keijzer is a Dutch politician and former civil servant serving as State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy since 2017. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), she previously served in the House of Representatives (2012–2017). She focused on matters of nursing, home care and culture. Before being a full-time politician she worked as an environmental jurist for the municipalities of Waterland and Almere, as well as for the province of Gelderland.
Sander Dekker is a Dutch politician serving as Minister for Legal Protection in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017. A member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), he previously served as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the Second Rutte cabinet (2012–2017).
Ockje Caroline Tellegen is a Dutch politician serving as a member of the House of Representatives since 20 September 2012. A member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), she has been first Deputy Speaker and president of the committee on Education, Culture and Science since 2017.
Jonkvrouw Karin Hildur "Kajsa" Ollongren is a Dutch-Swedish politician serving as second Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017. She is a member of the Democrats 66 (D66) party.
Menno Snel is a Dutch politician serving as State Secretary for Finance since 26 October 2017 in the Third Rutte cabinet. He is a member of the Democrats 66 (D66) party.
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