Frans Timmermans

Since 2014 Frans Timmermans he has served as First Vice-President of the European Union Commission, in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.  Previously, Timmermans was Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, a Member of the Dutch parliament, representing Partij van de Arbeid (the Dutch Labour Party), Dutch Minister of European Affairs, and as a diplomat and civil servant in various senior advisory and administrative positions in the Dutch government and the European Union Commission.  Timmermans holds a degree in French Language and Literature from Radboud University Nijmegen and has completed postgraduate coursework in European Law and French Literature at the University of Nancy.