Born in 1961, Frans Timmermans holds degrees in French literature, European law and history.
As well as service in the Dutch Foreign Ministry, he worked for European Commissioner Hans van den Broek. Since 1998, he has been a Member of the Dutch Parliament. He was Secretary of State for Foreign and European Affairs from 2007 to 2010, and Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2014.
First Vice-President of the EU Commission, in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (2014-present)
Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-14)
Member of the Dutch parliament, representing Partij van de Arbeid (Dutch Labour Party) 2010-12
Minister of European Affairs (2007-10)
Member of the Dutch parliament, representing Partij van de Arbeid (Dutch Labour Party) (1998-2007)
Senior Advisor and Private Secretary to High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE Max van der Stoel (1995-1998)
Staff member for EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek (1994-1995)
Deputy head of the Minister for Development Cooperation’s EC Affairs Section (1993-1994)
Deputy Secretary of the Dutch embassy in Moscow (1990-93)
Policy Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1987-90)
Postgraduate courses in European Law and French Literature, University of Nancy (1984-85)
Degree in French language and literature, Radboud University Nijmegen (1980-85)