Published On: Wed, Mar 13th, 2013

Donner visits the Caribbean

Piet Hein DonnerWILLEMSTAD - Piet Hein Donner, Vice Chairman of the Council of State, will visit the Caribbean islands of the Dutch Kingdom this and next week. This Sunday, Donner will depart Aruba to visit Curacao where is meeting is scheduled with Acting Governor Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede and Prime Minister of Curacao Daniel Hodge. He will also visit the prison of Curacao to see the latest developments in the institution. Donner will continue with his visit on Tuesday to Saba and Sint Eustatius.

Jan Pieter Hendrik "Piet Hein" Donner is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He is the Vice President of the Council of State since February 1, 2012. He previously served as a Member of the Council of State from December 22, 1997 until July 22, 2002. He became Minister of Justice serving from July 22, 2002 until September 21, 2006 in the Cabinets Balkenende I, II and III. He andMinister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment Sybilla Dekker resigned in the wake of a Dutch Safety Board enquiry into a fire at a cell block near Schiphol Airport. He then became a Member of the House of Representatives, serving from November 30, 2006 until February 22, 2007 when he became Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Balkenende IV, serving until October 14, 2010 when he became Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Rutte I. He resigned on December 16, 2011 after he was elected the new Vice President of the Council of State succeeding Herman Tjeenk Willink, he was replaced as Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations by fellow Christian Democratic Appeal party member Liesbeth Spies.

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