Wim van de Camp

Wim van de Camp
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Constituency Netherlands
Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the European Parliament
In office
14 July 2009  1 July 2014
Preceded by Camiel Eurlings
Succeeded by Esther de Lange
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
3 June 1986  14 July 2009
Personal details
Born Wilhelmus Gerardus Johannes Maria van de Camp
(1953-07-27) 27 July 1953
Oss, Netherlands
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
European People's Party
Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen
Website Official website

Wilhelmus Johannes Gerardus Maria "Wim" van de Camp (born 27 July 1953) is a Dutch politician serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009. He was the leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) delegation, part of the European People's Party (EPP Group), from 2009 to 2014. He was previously a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands from 1986 to 2009) where he was active in the fields of education, justice and asylum policy.


Youth and education

Wim van de Camp was born on 27 July 1953 in Oss, Netherlands where his parents had an agricultural business. After secondary school, he went to the Higher Agricultural School of Tropical Agriculture in Deventer where he obtained his engineering degree in 1976. He continued his studies in 1982 at the University of Nijmegen where he studied Law.

Work and solitics

Wim van de Camp started his career as a paralegal in the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG in Dutch). Because of his early interest in politics, he joined the KVP-Jo, the youth association of the KVP. Between 1978 and 1981, he was President of this association. He then became Vice President of the CDJA, the youth organization of the CDA which arose in 1981 from a merger between the CSF-Jo, ARJOS and CHJO. Later, from 1981 until 1986, he was a member of the national CDA Party administration.[1]

Wim van de Camp was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives from 1986 until 2009. In this function, he worked mainly on education and justice. He was also Chairman of the standing committees Home Affairs and Education, Culture and Science.[2]

European Parliament

Wim van de Camp has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 14 July 2009. He was the head of the CDA Delegation in the Group of the European People's Party from 2009 to 2014, when Esther de Lange took over as the Dutch EPP-delegation leader.[3] In his role as MEP, he was a permanent member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. However, since 2014 he has been a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and a substitute on the Budgetary Control and International Trade committees. [4] He is also involved in EU-China relations as a member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China.[5]

Personal life

Because of his experience within the Dutch House of Representatives, Wim van de Camp played a prominent role in the guidance of new Dutch Members of Parliament. The 'class of Wim' became a real concept in The Hague. He trained several generations of (CDA) politicians.[2]

In 1998, Wim van de Camp wrote a Party manifesto on safety entitled "Providing Opportunities, Putting Boundaries'. In his text he called for, among other things, the reduction of the criminal liability age from twelve to ten.[2]

Wim van de Camp is an avid motorcyclist. He also brings this passion to his work as an MEP. On 5 December 2012, the European Parliament adopted legislation to oblige the installation of an ABS on all motor vehicles. Wim van de Camp drafted the text for this report. He also expressed his negative opinion on a European Commission proposal that would make annual vehicle inspection mandatory for all motorcycles. According to him, both the direct costs for the rider and the administrative costs would be too high compared to the number of accidents (0.01%) that occur due to poorly maintained vehicles.[6]

Curriculum Vitae


  • Agricultural Engineer, 1976 (Higher Agricultural School of Tropical Agriculture Deventer)
  • Law, 1982 (University of Nijmegen)

Professional Activities

  • Legal Assistant VNG (Association of Dutch Municipalities)

Political activities

  • 1976: Member KVP Jo
  • 1978-1981: Youth Chairman KVP-Jo
  • 1981: Vice-President CDJA
  • 1980-1986: Member National Party CDA Board
  • 1986-2009: Member of the Dutch House of Representatives
  • 2009–present: Member of the European Parliament

Other functions

  • Advisory Board of the NVHP (Dutch Association of Hemophilia Patients)
  • Supervisory Board 3SO, education funds, Luca Education Hague
  • Advisory Board Famostar emergency Velp


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