Camiel Eurlings started his career in the political domain.
At the age of 20 he was elected in the Council of his home city of Valkenburg. Four years later he was elected as youngest representative in the Netherlands National Parliament. After six years of serving as national politician he led his party into European elections. In the European parliament he became leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal delegation. He also served as Co-Chairman of the Europe-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Commission. In 2006 he was elected as vice-president of the European’s People’s Party. Early 2007 Mr. Eurlings returned to national politics to serve as the Dutch Minister of Transport, Civil Works and Water Management. From 2011 on, Camiel Eurlings has worked in the private sector. He spent the first 4 years at Royal Dutch Airlines KLM, first as managing director Cargo of Air France and KLM and later as CEO of KLM. Since the end of 2014 Camiel Eurlings has served as member of the Board of Directors of American Express Global Business Travel.
In 2011 and 2012, Camiel Eurlings presided the Dutch Olympic Flame Alliance. The purpose of the alliance was to investigate the opportunities for a renewed Dutch bid for organising the Olympic Games 100 years after 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. In 2013 Eurlings was elected as member of the International Olympic Committee. In the IOC he is member of the Finance Commission. Since 2015 he is Chairman of the Communication Commission of the IOC.
Camiel Eurlings is a passionate of sport. His favourite sports are Cycling, Tennis, Diving and Sailing. The last years his sports focus is predominantly on training for, and running marathons.