Second Rutte cabinet

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Second Rutte cabinet
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69th Cabinet of the Netherlands
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Date formed November 5, 2012
People and organizations
Head of government Mark Rutte
Deputy head of government Lodewijk Asscher
Head of state Beatrix of the Netherlands
Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Number of ministers 13
Ministers removed
Member party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
Labour Party (PvdA)
Status in legislature Grand coalition (Purple)
Election(s) Dutch general election, 2012
Legislature term(s) 2012-
Incoming formation 2012 Dutch cabinet formation
Previous First Rutte cabinet
Successor Incumbent
Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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The Second Rutte cabinet is the coalition cabinet in the Netherlands (also called Rutte-Asscher cabinet) formed by the political parties People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and Labour Party (PvdA).

VVD party leader Mark Rutte is Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Lodewijk Asscher is Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the most senior minister of the PvdA. An unusual arrangement is that the PvdA leader Diederik Samsom is not a member of the cabinet, instead being the party's parliamentary leader.

The cabinet succeed the First Rutte cabinet following the Dutch general election of 2012, and was installed by Queen Beatrix on November 5, 2012.[1][2]

Office-holder Title/Portfolio Party
Mark Rutte
Mark Rutte Prime Minister General Affairs VVD
Lodewijk Asscher
Lodewijk Asscher Deputy Prime Minister /
Social Affairs and Employment PvdA
Ronald Plasterk
Ronald Plasterk Minister Interior and Kingdom Relations PvdA
Frans Timmermans
Frans Timmermans
(2012 - 2014) [Appt]
Minister Foreign Affairs PvdA
Bert Koenders
Bert Koenders
(since 2014)
Jeroen Dijsselbloem
Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister Finance PvdA
Ivo Opstelten
Ivo Opstelten Minister Security and Justice VVD
Henk Kamp
Henk Kamp Minister Economic Affairs VVD
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert Minister Defence VVD
Edith Schippers
Edith Schippers Minister Health, Welfare and Sport VVD
Jet Bussemaker
Jet Bussemaker Minister Education, Culture and Science PvdA
Melanie Schultz van Haegen
Melanie Schultz van Haegen Minister Infrastructure and the Environment VVD
Stef Blok
Stef Blok Minister without portfolio Housing and the Central Government Sector
(within Interior and Kingdom Relations)
Lilianne Ploumen
Lilianne Ploumen Minister without portfolio Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
(within Foreign Affairs)
Frans Weekers
Frans Weekers
(2012 - 2014) [Res]
State Secretary Finance
(Fiscal affairs, Finances of lower governments)
center Eric Wiebes Eric Wiebes
(since 2014)
Fred Teeven
Fred Teeven State Secretary [Note] Security and Justice
(Prevention, Family law, Youth justice, Copyright law)
Co Verdaas
Co Verdaas
(2012) [Res]
State Secretary [Note] Economic Affairs
(Agriculture, Nature, Food quality, Tourism, Postal affairs)
Sharon Dijksma Sharon Dijksma
(since 2012)
Martin van Rijn
Martin van Rijn State Secretary Health, Welfare and Sport
(Nursing and care, Elderly policy, Youth policy, Biotechnology)
Sander Dekker
Sander Dekker State Secretary Education, Culture and Science
(Higher education, Science and Knowledge, Teachers, Culture)
Wilma Mansveld
Wilma Mansveld State Secretary [Note] Infrastructure and the Environment
(Water policy, Environment, Aviation)
Jetta Klijnsma
Jetta Klijnsma State Secretary Social Affairs and Employment
(Unemployment insurances (partial), Equality, Long-term unemployment, Poverty, Health and Safety)
Source: Rijksoverheid
Note. The State Secretaries for Security and Justice, Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and the Environment are allowed to use a ministerial title while on foreign business.
Appt. Appointment: Frans Timmermans appointed First Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Res. Resigned.


  1. ^ (Dutch) 'Alle ministers zijn nu bekend', NOS, October 28, 2012
  2. ^ (Dutch) Rutte II: 'alle namen van het nieuwe kabinet', RTL, October 25, 2012

See also[edit]

  • 2012 Dutch cabinet formation

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