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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Personal data
Date of birthApril 03, 1948(age 68)
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Birth nameJakob Gijsbert de Hoop Scheffer
Political partyDemocrats 66 (1979-1982)
Christian Democratic Appeal (from 1982)
SpouseJeannine de Hoop Scheffer
ResidenceThe Hague, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University (LL.M.)
Civil servant
ReligionRoman Catholic
11th Secretary General of NATO
In officeJanuary 5, 2004 - August 1, 2009
Succeeded byAnders Fogh Rasmussen
Preceded byLord George Robertson
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In officeJuly 22, 2002 - December 3, 2003
Prime ministerJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded byBen Bot
Preceded byJozias van Aartsen
Parliamentary leader - Christian Democratic Appeal
House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In officeMarch 27, 1997 - October 1, 2001
Succeeded byJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byEnneüs Heerma
Member of the House of Representatives
In officeJune 3, 1986 - May 23, 2002

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Jakob Gijsbert "Jaap" de Hoop Scheffer (-nlˈjaːp də ˈɦoːp ˈsxɛfərnl-Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as the 11th Secretary General of NATO from January 5, 2004 until August 1, 2009.

De Hoop Scheffer served as the Dutch foreign minister, and was an important figure in the Dutch decision to participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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