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Frans Timmermans is one of the most accomplished and important politicians in Europe. As First-Vice President of the European Commission, he is the second most important person in the EU’s executive branch. He is also Commissioner for Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights, putting him at the centre of current EU disputes with Poland and Hungary.
Vice President Timmermans was previously the Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs. He trained as a lawyer and served for several years in the Dutch military. He speaks fluent Dutch, English, French, German, Russian and Italian.
Following the Brexit vote, FVP Timmermans achieved much coverage following his defence of the European project and democracy in the European Parliament (https://www.youtube.com/