Where to avoid Dutch ministers during the summer break

Parliament breaks up for its traditional eight week summer recess on Thursday evening and RTL news has been finding out where ministers are heading.

Education minister Jet Bussemaker and her family are off to stay with friends in Spain. She’s also planning a few days with her family on the Wadden Sea island of Texel.

Her deputy Sander Dekker is flying to Barcelona with friends and then plans to cycle back to the Netherlands in three weeks.

Aid minister Lilianne Ploumen is heading of to France, along with 500,000 other Dutch people, for a two week trip.

Full diary

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten and finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem are heading to France as well and junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld says she might take a last-minute week there as well.

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans told RTL he has a full diary of political work and will be staying in the Netherlands for most of the time. A week or two to an unspecified location are on the cards.

Health minister Edith Schippers has not made any plans yet but says she is planning to head to the sun. Junior health minister Martin van Rijn is going furthest afield – a three week visit to his son in Canada.


Defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is off to Italy for two weeks but has not yet decided whether to camp or stay in a hotel. Junior justice minister Fred Teeven is going camping, but keeping the destination a secret.

Social affairs minister Ronald Plasterk and his family are more adventurous. They’re off to Morocco for two weeks. His deputy Jetta Klijnsma is going camping for two weeks, either to Italy or France.

Housing minister Stef Blok obviously needs a good break from dealing with the housing sector crisis. He is heading to Croatia for a three-week holiday.

Prime minister Mark Rutte always keeps quiet about his holiday plans, says RTL, but did say he will be working for ‘The Netherlands Ltd’ during the summer. The prime minister has the most exotic plans of all the ministers’ lined up: taking part in Dutch trade missions to Texas and the Dutch Caribbean.

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