Bert Koenders appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Friday 17 October 2014.

Bert Koenders’ predecessor, Frans Timmermans, is to be appointed as Commissioner and First Vice-President of the new European Commission. The King honourably discharged Mr Timmermans on 17 October 2014.