Mark Rutte’s fourth cabinet: what we know and has been leaked so far

Noordeinde Palace. Photo: Txllxt TxllxT via Wikimedia Commons

More names of potential and confirmed ministers have emerged in Mark Rutte’s fourth cabinet and there are some surprises among them.

D66 leader Sigrid Kaag will not only serve as the Netherlands’ prime minister of finance, but she has also hired academic Robbert Dijkgraaf, known for his science outreach lectures on television, as minister of education, welfare and culture.

Ernst Kuipers, director of the Erasmus medical center and the acute hospital care association, will replace Hugo de Jonge as Minister of Health, also on behalf of the D66. Kuipers has become a familiar face on television during the coronavirus pandemic.

Questions have also been raised about the appointment of Dilan Yesilgöz to the heavyweight post of justice minister. Yesilgöz joined the cabinet several months ago as Minister of Economic Affairs and has no experience in the legal field, making her the Prime Minister of Justice without a law degree.

So far it is unclear what job, whether foreign or domestic, will be for CDA leader and outgoing Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra. Both positions are for the Christian Democrats.

Rutte will begin his meetings with individual ministers next week and the new cabinet will pose with the king on the steps of the Noordeinde palace in the heart of The Hague on Monday, January 10.

What we know so far:

*not confirmed
** new post

Prime Minister
Mark Rutte (VVD) will lead his fourth cabinet, consisting of himself plus 19 ministers and nine junior ministers.

Finance Minister: Sigrid Kaag (D66)
Junior Minister of Taxation (CDA)
Deputy Minister of Benefits and Customs: Aukje de Vries (VVD) **

External relationships
Minister of Foreign Affairs (CDA)
Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Aid: Liesje Schreinemacher (VVD)

Justice and security
Minister of Justice and Security: Dilan Yesilgöz (VVD)
Minister of Legal Protection (D66)
Asylum and Immigration Minister: Eric van der Burg (VVD)

Home affairs
Minister for Home and Kingdom Affairs (CDA)
Minister of Housing: Hugo de Jonge (CDA) * **
Minister for Kingdom Affairs and Digitization (D66) *

Education, culture and science
Minister of Education, Culture and Science: Robbert Dijkgraaf (D66) *
Minister for Schools: Dennis Wiersma (VVD)
Minister of Culture and Media (D66)

Defense Minister: Kajsa Ollongren (D66) *
Defense Minister: Christophe van der Maat (VVD)

Infrastructure and inland waterways
Minister of Infrastructure and Waterways: Mark Harbers (VVD)
Junior Minister of Infrastructure and Inland Waterways (CDA)

Economic affairs and climate
Minister of Economy and Climate: Micky Adriaansens (VVD)
Minister of Climate and Energy: Rob Jetten (D66) **
Minister of Mines (the Groningen gas problem): Hans Vijlbrief (D66) **

Agriculture and nature
Minister of agriculture, nature and food quality: Henk Staghouwer (CU)
Minister for Nature and Nitrogen Affairs: Christianne van der Wal (VVD) **

Social affairs and employment
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (CDA)
Minister of poverty strategy, participation and pensions: Carola Schouten (CU) **

Health, wellness and sport
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport: Ernst Kuipers (D66) *
Minister of long-term care and sports: Conny Helder (VVD)
Minister of Youth and Prevention: Maarten van Ooijen (CU)

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This list will be updated as more positions are confirmed.

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