Minister of state (Minister van staat)

   This honorary title is conferred on outstanding politicians after they have resigned from important positions. Ministers van staat are nominated by the cabinet and appointed by the Crown. Their advice is often consulted on complicated constitutional matters. Present ministers of state, with their dates of designation, are Edzo Hendrik Toxopeus (1918– ) (1985), Max van derStoel(1991), Ruud Lubbers(1995), Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva (“Hans”) van Mierlo (1931– ) (1998), Frederik (“Frits”) Korthals Altes (1931– ) (2001), Josephus (“Jos”) A. van Kemenade (1937– ) (2002), Wim Kok (2003), and Hans van den Broek (2005).

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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