Jan Van Zanen (VVD, The Netherlands) was recently nominated as new Mayor of The Hague, with his tenure starting on 1 July 2020. Van Zanen has previously acted as the Chair of VVD (2003-2008), as well as the Mayor of Amstelveen and the Mayor of the city of Utrecht. He became a popular Mayor in Utrecht and was praised for how he dealt with the tram shooting of 18 March 2019.
“I’m very honoured to be put forth as next Mayor of The Hague. I’m looking forward to the work I’ll be doing there. Just as in Utrecht, I will focus on my passion: to serve the public,” Van Zanen commented on his nomination.
With the appointment of Van Zanen, liberals continue to be in charge of five European capitals or seats of government with Luxembourg City, Tallinn, Vilnius, Bratislava, as well as three Deputy Mayoral positions in Madrid, Budapest and Stockholm.
Renew Europe Group in the European Committee of the Regions (Renew Europe CoR) manages the Liberal Mayors Network, which holds summits during ALDE Party Congresses. The latest edition took place in Athens in 2019, while previous editions yielded the “Principles that make cities liberal” and a call to “Celebrate Europe Day”.