A second term followed from 1998 until July 22 2002 when he was succeeded by Jan Peter Balkenende.
With a wealth of experience and expertise gained through his impressive career in politics and as a European political leader, Wim Kok offers decision makers great insight into the current European and global economic, social and political issues. After completing his secondary education Wim Kok attended Nijenrode Business School. He then did his military service and worked for a trading company for a short time.
In 1961, Wim Kok was appointed assistant international officer of the Netherlands Federation of Trade Unions and he was appointed staff member for economic affairs of the same union in 1965 and union secretary in 1967. In 1969, he was appointed secretary to the Netherlands Federation of Trade Unions (NVV), and from 1979 to 1982, he also served as chairman of the European Trade Union Confederation. From 1986 to 1989, and again after the 1994 and 1998 elections, Wim Kok was a member of the Lower House of Parliament and leader of the parliamentary Labour Party (PvdA).
In 1989, he was elected deputy chairman of the Socialist International. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the third Lubbers government from 7 November 1989 to 22 August 1994. Wim Kok has been deputy chairman of the Socioeconomic Council (SER), chairman of the employees representatives in the Labour Foundation, vice-chairman of the Board of De Nederlandsche Bank. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies and advisor to the European Commission on the consequences of the enlargement of the European Union with 10 new members in 2004. At present, Wim Kok is chairman of the European Employment Taskforce, established by the European Council in March 2003 and on April 11th 2003 Wim Kok was appointed Dutch Minister of State.
Wim Kok is an engaging speaker with a strong political background and great insight into future issues affecting European and global financial markets.
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