Since his candidacy for the municipal elections in 1998 at age 16, Erik has been closely involved in politics and policy from national to local levels. 

 As Vice-President and Political Secretary of Jonge Democraten, the youth movement of D66, the liberal democratic party in the Netherlands, he was active in political debates and policy development and served as liaison officer with the D66 Cabinet members as well as with the groups in the Dutch and European Parliaments and with the media. In 2000/1 Erik was member of the advisory committee Lifecycle Policy for the parliamentary group of D66. In 2000 Erik trained members of liberal political youth organisations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, not long after the war, where he witnessed how young people from the 3 warring groups were confronted with each other for the first time, and healed their wounds during this weekend filled with political development workshops. From 2000 to 2002 Erik became very familiar with policy at local levels as coordinator of the Representatives Association of the party. He executed the annual programme of this network of public officials, mostly by organising workshops and conferences. 

In Amsterdam Erik worked on the development of several election programmes, focusing primarily on public space and cultural policies - and was involved in a number of campaigns for municipal elections. From 2006 to 2008 he served in the Amsterdam City Center Council as member of the Urban Planning Committee. 

Academic governance
In 2003-2004 Erik was one of the student representatives to the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam and to the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.


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