Eric Wiebes

Eric Derk Wiebes (born 12 March 1963) is a Dutch politician serving as Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017. He is a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[1]

Eric Wiebes
Wiebes in 2015
Minister of Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byHenk Kamp
State Secretary for Finance
In office
4 February 2014  26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byFrans Weekers
Succeeded byMenno Snel
Personal details
Eric Derk Wiebes

(1963-03-12) 12 March 1963
Delft, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(since 2005, 1983–1986)
Hester Bijl
(m. 1996; div. 2013)
Children2 children
ResidenceThe Hague, Netherlands
Alma materDelft University of Technology
(Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering)
European Institute of Business Administration
(Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Management consultant
WebsiteMinister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

A management consultant by occupation, he worked for the Royal Dutch Shell from 1987 until 1989, the McKinsey & Company from 1990 until 1992 and for OC&C Strategy Consultants from 1993 until 2004 when he became a civil servant working for the Ministry of Economic Affairs from 2004 until 2010 when he was appointed as an alderman of Amsterdam serving from 19 May 2010 until 4 February 2014. After the resignation of Frans Weekers as State Secretary for Finance, Wiebes was nominated to succeed him and resigned as alderman. He took office in the Second Rutte cabinet; following the general election of 2017, he was asked to become Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Education and private career

Wiebes was born in Delft and grew up in Muiderberg. His father, a nuclear physicist, died when he was nine years old.[2] He completed his vwo (secondary education) in nearby Bussum, graduating in 1981. He continued his studies the same year at Delft University of Technology studying mechanical engineering. In 1986 he obtained an engineer's degree, having specialized himself in policy functions concerning government. Wiebes then started working in the private sector, being employed at Shell, McKinsey & Company, and OC&C Strategy Consultants between 1987 and 2004. In 1991 he earned an MBA degree in business administration at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. From 2004 until 2010 he was employed at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the last three years of which he was deputy secretary-general.[3]


Municipality of Amsterdam

Wiebes discussed his future career together with Willibrord van Beek, at the time a member of the House of Representatives. Van Beek advised taking up a position as alderman. Wiebes declined two offers from smaller municipalities which he deemed not challenging enough.[2] In 2010, the municipality of Amsterdam was searching for a new alderman from the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. Eric van der Burg, the local party leader, asked Van Beek if he knew a candidate; Van Beek then advised choosing Wiebes.[2] Prime Minister Mark Rutte put Wiebes name forward as well.[4] Wiebes accepted the offer. As alderman in Amsterdam Wiebes dealt with problematic topics such as the municipal ICT, air quality, construction of the new Noord/Zuidlijn metro-line, and the local taxi-market.[4]

National government

On 30 January 2014, Frans Weekers resigned as State Secretary of Finance. As successor to Weekers Wiebes was tasked with solving the problems at the Tax and Customs Administration.[5] He entered office on 4 February. In May 2015, after an investigation of a committee of the European Parliament on a tax deal the Netherlands made with Starbucks, Wiebes stated that the Netherlands was not a tax haven.[6]

On 26 October 2017, Wiebes was appointed Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Third Rutte cabinet.[7]

Personal life

Wiebes has two children. He is an atheist.[8]


  1. "VVD'er Eric Wiebes moet economische groei gaan combineren met Parijsdoelen" (in Dutch). NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. Hugo Logtenberg, Bas Soetenhorst (3 February 2014). "Eric Wiebes: zeer intelligent en met een lenige geest". Het Parool (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. "Ir. E.D. (Eric) Wiebes MBA" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 16 November 2017.
  4. Jeroen Visser (3 February 2014). "Eric Wiebes: uitstekende probleemoplosser en 'ook nog een leuke vent'". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  5. Laura Klompenhouwer (4 February 2014). "De nieuwe man op Financiën. Wie is Wiebes en wat staat hem te doen?". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. "Nederland is volgens staatssecretaris Wiebes geen belastingparadijs" (in Dutch). 29 May 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  7. "Dit zijn de ministers van het kabinet Rutte III". Het Parool (in Dutch). 26 October 2017. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017.
  8. Tom Reijner (3 February 2014). "VVD'er Eric Wiebes 'doet niet aan politiek gekonkel'". Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frans Weekers
State Secretary for Finance
Succeeded by
Menno Snel
Preceded by
Henk Kamp
as Minister of Economic Affairs
Minister of Economic Affairs
and Climate Policy

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