Eberhard van der Laan was sworn in as Mayor of Amsterdam on 7 July 2010, and began a second term of office in 2016. His responsibilities included the portfolios of General Affairs, Public Order and Security, Regulation and Enforcement, Communications, and Legal Affairs. He chaired the City Council and College of Mayor and Alderpersons.
As mayor, Eberhard van der Laan combined humanity with firmness and resolve. His initiatives included the Top600 approach to tackling violent frequent offenders, and measures to combat neighbourhood anti-social behaviour and intimidation. He believed that Amsterdam should be a responsible capital city.
Eberhard Edzard van der Laan was born on 28 June 1955 in Leiden. He studied law at VU Amsterdam, and in 1992 jointly founded the law firm Kennedy Van der Laan. He left the firm in 2008 to take up a mid-term appointment as Minister of Housing, Communities and Integration. From 1990 to 1998 he was a member of Amsterdam City Council, from 1993 as chair of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). Eberhard van der Laan leaves a wife and five children.
Mayor Van der Laan’s death was due to lung cancer. During his illness, he continued to work as mayor for more than eight months, until he was finally obliged to step down on 18 September 2017.
The City of Amsterdam and its employees deeply regret the loss of a much-loved mayor, and offer their condolences to his family and friends.
Further communications will follow regarding opportunities for remembrance.