My work

Welcome on my personal page, here you can follow my daily work in the European Parliament, in Brussels, in The Netherlands and abroad. I want to work towards a strong and confident Europe in a fast changing world. We can only come up with solutions to the complicated international challenges of today in a European context. I look forward to continuing the discussion, via this website or through social media!

  • Welcome on my personal page, here you can follow my daily work in the European Parliament, in Brussels, in The Netherlands and abroad. I want to work towards a strong and confident Europe in a fast changing world. We can only come up with solutions to the complicated international challenges of today in a European context. I look forward to continuing the discussion, via this website or through social media!

  • 27 Oct 2016

    CETA is a good deal and I am happy that we can now take the next step with Canada. The process to get here was very tough and damaging for the EU. That must not happen again.

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Since I entered the Parliament, I have worked on strengthening export controls on dangerous technologies to make sure they do not end up in the wrong hands and can be used against the EU or for human rights violations. Now the European Commission has finally come with a comprehensive proposal, find my reaction here.

  • 22 Jun 2016
    Over the past two years, I worked on the the final report of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) . This 'One Internet' Report, contains recommendations to keep the Internet open, secure, reliable and inclusive.
  • 18 May 2016
    With the human rights committee from the European Parliament, we travelled to Turkey to discuss human rights and the rule of law in the country, which are increasingly under pressure. We spoke with Parliamentarians, government officials, journalists and other experts.
  • 13 May 2016

    I wrote an article on the importance of cybersecurity, digital freedoms and the open internet, which was published in the Journal of Cyber Policy.


  • Syrian crisis

    08 Mar 2016
    The bloody war in Syria has been raging since 2011. While the crisis is unfolding in our backyard, the Americans and Russians are taking the lead to look for a solution. In the Parliament, I called on the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to do more.
  • 19 Feb 2016
    In february, I spoke at the Munich Security Conference, which is an annual event where leaders and policy makers meet to discuss global peace and security and international politics.
  • 09 Feb 2016
    As Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the US, I am closely involved in trans-Atlantic relations. We travelled to the US with the delegation to visit the different primary campaigns and candidates.
  • 14 Sep 2015
    Export control legislation is important to make sure that EU companies do not contribute to human rights violations abroad. I was interviewed about this subject by WorldECR magazine.
  • TTIP

    07 Jul 2015
    At the occasion of the vote on the European Parliament report on the Trans-Atlantic trade and Investment Partnership, I spoke about my prioirities for these trade negotiations between the EU and the US.
  • 14 Apr 2013
    In 2013 I travelled to a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa valley on the border of Lebanon and Syria.