Thijs Berman

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Thijs Berman
MEP Thijs BERMAN, S&D, Netherlands.jpg
Born (1957-09-26) September 26, 1957 (age 57)
Coevorden, Drenthe, Netherlands
Residence Brussels
Citizenship Netherlands
Education Psychology
Alma mater University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University
Occupation Politician, Journalist
Employer European Parliament
Political party
Labour Party (Netherlands)
Website (Dutch)

Thijs Berman (born September 26, 1957 in Coevorden) is a Dutch politician and a Member of the European Parliament. Thijs is also a member of the AWEPA Governing Council.[1]


Berman was born in the Province of Drenthe and grew up in the Province of Groningen. After initially studying acting in Maastricht, he turned to psychology. He earned a bachelor degree in psychology from Utrecht University in 1983 and a master's from the University of Amsterdam in 1987. Since, he was a correspondent in Paris and Moscow for the Dutch Public Radio (Radio 1), the Dutch international radio Wereldomroep, the agrarian daily Agrarisch Dagblad, and magazine Elsevier. He presented many radio and television shows, notably for broadcaster IKON.

In June 2004 he was elected to the European Parliament. He is a member of the Labour Party, which is part of the Party of European Socialists, and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Development and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. He is also a substitute for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and for the Committee on Budgetary Control. Further he is the chair of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan.

In 2009 he headed Dutch Labour in the European elections after winning the party primaries, beating Jacques Monasch, Hannah Belliot, and Kris Douma.[2]

In 2010 he was appointed as head of the EU Election Observer Mission to Ethiopia.[3]



  1. ^ Prof. Albert Tevoedjre. "Governing Council". AWEPA. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  2. ^ ANP (2008-12-20). "Thijs Berman PvdA-lijsttrekker Europees Parlement - archief". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  3. ^ "European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | All the missions". 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

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