Dear Amsterdammers,

I am writing to inform you of some unfortunate news.

This week I was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. Although further clarification is still to come in regards to the nature and prognosis of the disease, it seems that the diagnosis leaves little room for optimism. I wish to remain your mayor for a time to come and have every intention of continuing my work in a manner that does the city justice, in consultation with the City Council and the Mayor & College of Alderpersons. However, certain tasks and public appearances will be taken on by representatives from the Mayor & College of Alderpersons over the coming period.

In the meantime, I wish to let you know that I am in the excellent care of the staff of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital and in the company of my loved ones. I will keep you informed of any updates if the need should arise.

With best regards,

Eberhard van der Laan