Former minister and deputy prime minister Rudolf de Korte has passed away. His family says this in a death announcement in NRC . The VVD politician has turned 83.
Rudolf de Korte joined the Lower House in 1977 and was Minister of Foreign Affairs for four months at the end of the first Lubbers cabinet. In the second Lubbers cabinet, from 1986 to 1989, De Korte was Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister.
Rudolf de Korte, from the business world, successfully led the VVD election campaign in 1977, increasing the party from 22 to 28 seats. Although the PvdA was the big winner of the elections, Joop den Uyl could not form a second cabinet after a very long formation. Eventually the VVD was allowed to co-operate in the first cabinet of the CDA employee Dries van Agt.
After that period, De Korte was spokesperson for social affairs (employment conditions and income policy) and financial and economic affairs of the VVD party in the Lower House and from 1982 one of the confidants of VVD leader Ed Nijpels.
Between 1978 and 1982, De Korte was also a member of the Wassenaar municipal council.
In 1986, during the first cabinet of Ruud Lubbers, Interior Minister Koos Rietkers died and for the four remaining months that the cabinet was in office, Rudolf de Korte succeeded him.
Deputy Prime Minister in the second Lubbers cabinet
Lubbers was allowed to "finish his job" after the parliamentary elections of 1986 and in his second cabinet in which the CDA and the VVD had a large majority in the Lower and Upper Chamber, Rudolf became the short minister of Economic Affairs and also vice-prime minister.
The cooperation with the CDA, and the end of the ministry of De Korte, came to an end in 1989 after the cabinet fell because the VVD could not bear the decision on the so-called travel cost lump sum, or the capping of the tax deduction for commuting .
After a second period in the Lower House (1989 to 1995), Rudolf de Korte made the transition to an international position. He became Vice President of the European Investment Bank, a post he held until 2001.