Karen van Dantzig
Dutch Urban Envoy
Karen van Dantzig became the Dutch Urban Envoy on the 1st of January 2020. Her mission is ‘the recognition and strengthening of the position of European cities en urban areas in the EU’ (EU-policy and EU-regulation). The Urban Agenda for the EU and its continuation is instrumental to this and allows parties to work on an equal footing, in an informal multilevel governance model, on common goals and challenges. The Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations has extended the mandate of the Envoy until January 2022. Previously, Ms Van Dantzig was deputy director of Governance, Finance and Regions and acting director of Knowledge & Policy Development within the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations. She studied international law at the University of Leiden.