Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Jakob Gijsbert (Jaap) de Hoop Scheffer was NATO Secretary General from 2004 to 2009.
From 1976 to 1986, he was employed in the Foreign Service of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
De Hoop Scheffer was elected to the House of Representatives of the States General for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) in June 1986.He served as deputy leader of the CDA parliamentary party in the House of Representatives from December 1995 to March 1997, when he was elected leader. He held this position until his resignation in October 2001.
On 22 July 2002, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first Balkenende government. He was appointed to the same post in the second Balkenende government on 27 May 2003, holding it until 3 December 2003.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO, accessed 6 April 2013.