Camiel Martinus Petrus Stephanus Eurlings (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaːmil ˈøːrlɪŋs]; born 16 September 1973) is a Dutch politician and businessman. A member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), he served as Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management from 2007 to 2010.

Camiel Eurlings
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Eurlings in 2008
Minister of Transport and
Water Management
In office
22 February 2007 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byKarla Peijs
Succeeded byMelanie Schultz van Haegen
(Minister of Infrastructure
and the Environment)
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 22 February 2007
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
19 May 1998 – 20 July 2004
Personal details
Camiel Martinus Petrus Stephanus Eurlings

(1973-09-16) 16 September 1973 (age 46)
Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
ResidenceValkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands
Alma materEindhoven University of Technology
(Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering)
OccupationPolitician · Businessman · Corporate director · Sport administrator

A corporate director by occupation, Eurlings was elected as a member of the House of Representatives at the general election of 1998, serving from 19 May 1998 until 20 July 2004, when he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the European Parliament election of 2004, serving from 20 July 2004 until 22 February 2007. After the general election of 2006, Eurlings was asked to become Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet, serving from 22 February 2007 until 14 October 2010.

Eurlings retired from active politics at the age of 37 and became a corporate director and later President and CEO of KLM, serving from 1 July 2013 until 16 October 2014.


Eurlings is the eldest son of Martin Eurlings, a former member of the provincial-executive of Limburg, who has been the Mayor of Valkenburg aan de Geul since 2007 . After grammar school in Maastricht, Eurlings began to study Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven in 1991. He was also politically active in his hometown, and on 12 April 1994, at age 20, was elected councillor of his hometown. This made him the youngest councillor at that time.


Eurlings was a former Member of the European Parliament, and sat on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also chaired the delegation to the European UnionRussia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, and was a substitute for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, and the delegation for relations with Israel. From March 2006 to March 2007 he served as Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). From 2007 to 2010 he was Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet.

Business careerEdit

Eurlings became a corporate director for KLM, leading the freight department. On 1 July 2013 he succeeded Peter Hartman as the President and CEO of the KLM.[1][2] In 2014, fellow Dutch executives elected Eurlings as 'Best Manager 2014',[3] followed by Frans van Houten (Philips) and Dick Boer (Ahold). On 15 October 2014 he announced that he would be leaving KLM.[4] Initially KLM announced that his departure had been mutual decision, yet subsequently a KLM spokesperson stated that Eurlings had been unilaterally dismissed by the Supervisory Board.[5][6]

In June 2015 Eurlings announced on his Linkedin page that he had been working as a non-executive director of the board of directors of American Express Global Business Travel since January 2015.[7] He resigned from this position in January 2017.[8]


Eurlings became an IOC Member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.[9] In January 2018 he resigned after a public outcry related to the disclosure of the assault of his former girlfriend and statements that he then made which were interpreted as trivialising domestic assault.[10]


Eurlings was prosecuted for assaulting his former girlfriend Tessa Rolink.[11] According to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad,[12] Rolink sustained injuries including concussion and a broken elbow.[13] The case was not brought before the court because a settlement was reached between Eurlings and the Dutch public prosecution service, but details of the settlement have not been officially released. The transaction formally constituted an act of prosecution and hence Eurlings now has a criminal record.[14]


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 3 December 2010
  Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre Holy See


  1. ^ (in Dutch) 'Camiel Eurlings volgt Peter Hartman op als topman KLM', Elsevier, 14 December 2012
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Eurlings opvolger Hartman bij KLM, RTL Nieuws, 14 December 2012
  3. ^ "Camiel Eurlings (KLM) is de beste bestuurder van 2014". (in Dutch).
  4. ^ "Camiel Eurlings stapt op als topman bij KLM". (in Dutch). 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Pieter Elbers appointed President and CEO of KLM, replacing Camiel Eurlings". KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. KLM Mediarelations. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  6. ^ Nanda Troost, Eurlings weg als topman KLM, de Volkskrant (in Dutch), 15 October 2014
  7. ^ "Nieuwe baan Camiel Eurlings". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 4 June 2015.
  8. ^ "LinkedIn profile Camiel Eurlings". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  9. ^ (in English) IOC Session elects nine new members
  10. ^ "Olympics: Dutch IOC member Eurlings resigns over assault claims". Reuters. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  11. ^ "Ex CDA minister to be prosecuted for assaulting model girlfriend". 22 September 2016.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "OM schikt met Camiel Eurlings". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  14. ^ "Eurlings schikt met justitie, bekent hij daarmee ook schuld?" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 17 March 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karla Peijs
Minister of Transport and
Water Management

Succeeded by
Melanie Schultz van Haegen
as Minister of Infrastructure
and the Environment
Business positions
Preceded by
Peter Hartman
CEO and President of KLM
Succeeded by
Pieter Elbers