New Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation sworn in

On 10 January 2022 the members of the fourth Rutte government were sworn in. The new Minister of Foreign Affairs is Wopke Hoekstra and the new Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is Liesje Schreinemacher.

Ben Knapen en Tom de Bruijn (rechts) dragen hun ministerschap over aan Liesje Schreinemacher en Wopke Hoekstra (links).
Official handover of tasks. From left to right: Minister Schreinemacher, Minister Hoekstra, Ben Knapen, Tom de Bruijn.

Official handover of tasks

The members of the new government were sworn in by King Willem-Alexander at Noordeinde Palace. After the ceremony, Mr Hoekstra and Ms Schreinemacher proceeded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague for the official handover of tasks.

Wopke Hoekstra (Christian Democratic Alliance; CDA) was Minister of Finance in the previous government from 2017 onwards. He succeeds Ben Knapen as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Hoekstra is also Deputy Prime Minister.

Liesje Schreinemacher (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy; VVD) was a member of the European Parliament from 2019 until taking up her new position. She succeeds Tom de Bruijn as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development.