As the cabinets of the new Commissioners start to take shape, it has been announced that the youngest son of the Dutch Queen Beatrix, Prince Constatijn, will join Neelie Kroes’s cabinet to work on the new Digital Agenda portfolio. So what if the Brits have a Baroness or two in Brussels? From February the Netherlands will once again have an actual Royal Highness in the corridors of the Berlaymont!
Prince Constatijn is in no way new to Brussels where he has already been living for many years, and in fact has worked previously for one of the Commissioner cabinets, namely that of Foreign Relations Commissioner Hans van den Broek back in the nineties.
The Prince of Orange, who has an impressive background in Digital Affairs, is currently the Head of the Brussels office of RAND Europe and has been working amongst others on issues such as e-government. His appointment to Ms Kroes’s cabinet should become official on 9 February, after the endorsement of the new college of Commissioners by the European Parliament.