Minister Bas van ‘t Wout of Economic Affairs is struggling with a burnout – musical chairs in the outgoing cabinet

Outgoing minister Bas van ‘t Wout (Economic Affairs and Climate) is suffering from a burnout and will stop working for at least three months. The Government Information Service (RVD) announced this on Monday. Minister Stef Blok (Foreign Affairs) will replace him in the near future. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade, will also act as Minister of Foreign Affairs during that period.

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There will also be an additional state secretary until a new cabinet is in place. He must deal with climate and energy and will come from the circle of the VVD, the RVD reports. Who will fill this position will be announced “as soon as possible”.

Van ‘t Wout succeeded Eric Wiebes as Minister for Economic Affairs in January this year, after Wiebes resigned because of his role in the allowance affair. In July last year he became State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment because Tamara van Ark moved on as Minister for Medical Care.

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Van Ark succeeded Bruno Bruins, who also became overtired earlier and left politics. There are currently more politicians at home with a burnout, including CDA MPs Pieter Omtzigt and Harry van der Molen. Rens Raemakers (D66) and Zihni Özdil (Green Left) also struggled with fatigue due to their Chamber work.

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As minister, Van ‘t Wout was closely involved in the economic corona support packages. These will be extended for another three months, insiders confirmed last Thursday. The package is expected to be presented on Tuesday.

Before Van ‘t Wout joined the cabinet, he was deputy leader of the VVD. Previously, he was a councilor in Amsterdam and political assistant to Mark Rutte, the then State Secretary for Education.

Author: Jobly