Mona Keijzer
Keijzer in 2017
State Secretary for Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy
In office
26 October 2017 – 25 September 2021
Serving with Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius (2021)
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byMartijn van Dam
Succeeded byHans Vijlbrief (2022)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
31 March 2021 – 27 September 2021
In office
20 September 2012 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Born
Maria Cornelia Gezina Keijzer

(1968-10-09) 9 October 1968 (age 53)
Edam, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Children5
ResidenceIlpendam
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam (LLM, MA)
OccupationPolitician, lawyer, mediator, civil servant

Maria Cornelia Gezina "Mona" Keijzer (born 9 October 1968) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant. She served as State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy alongside Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius from 26 October 2017 until 25 September 2021. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), she served in the House of Representatives for six months from 31 March 2021, a position she also had between 2012 and 2017. She focused on matters of nursing, home care and culture. Before becoming a full-time politician she worked as an environmental jurist for the municipalities of Waterland and Almere, as well as for the province of Gelderland.

Studies and family

Keijzer was born in Edam and studied juridical public administration and public law at the University of Amsterdam. She is married to a urologist and has five sons. She lives in Ilpendam and belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. Her father-in-law is a former alderman of Waterland for the CDA.

Career

Keijzer started her political career as a member of the municipal council of Waterland from 1996 to 2002 and was later an alderwoman from 1998 to 2006. Subsequently, she worked as a lawyer and mediator in 2005 and 2006. Afterwards she was an alderwoman of neighbouring municipality of Purmerend from 2007 to 2012.

In 2012, she tried to obtain the position of lijsttrekker for the general election of 2012. Although performing unexpectedly well in the elections, she let Sybrand van Haersma Buma go first; placing second on the list of candidates, she received about 127,000 votes.

In 2017 she was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Third Rutte cabinet.

In 2020, she tried to obtain the position of lijsttrekker for the general election of 2021.

On 25 September 2021 Keijzer was dismissed from her cabinet position after publicly criticising the cabinet's position on COVID-19 measures.[1] While forced resignations are not unheard of, being removed from a cabinet position has little precedent. The last time a cabinet member was fired was in 1975, although in that instance Jan Glastra van Loon was allowed to resign. Before Keijzer's discharge, no other cabinet member had actually been fired since the second World War.[2] Media outlets reported that Keijzer refused to resign.[3] Besides being part of the cabinet, she was also member of the House of Representatives, a position she left two days later.[4]

Political positions

In a joint statement in October 2020, Keijzer and her French counterpart Cédric O called for a European Union authority to regulate large technology companies and argued that such an authority should be able to prevent digital platforms from blocking access to their services “unless they have an objective justification.”[5]

References

  1. ^ "Ontslag Mona Keijzer: Hoekstra betreurt situatie, ook begrip voor staatssecretaris". nos.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  2. ^ "Achtergrond: Ontslag van bewindspersonen op staande voet is zeer uitzonderlijk". www.montesquieu-instituut.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  3. ^ "Wat speelde er achter de schermen rond Keijzer, en hoe kon het zover komen?". nos.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  4. ^ "Mona Keijzer geeft Kamerzetel op en verlaat daarmee landelijke politiek". 2021-09-27. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  5. ^ Mathieu Rosemain and Douglas Busvine (15 October 2020), France, Netherlands call for an EU watchdog to regulate tech giants Reuters.
Political offices Preceded byMartijn van Dam State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy 2017–2021 Vacant