Bas Eickhout

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Bas Eickhout
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GreenLeft MEP
Assumed office
Constituency Dutch constituency
Personal details
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 40)
Groesbeek, Netherlands
Political party GreenLeft
Residence Utrecht
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Bas Eickhout (October 8, 1976 in Groesbeek) is a Dutch politician for the GreenLeft. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the 2009 election.

Life before politics[edit]

Eickhout attended high school at the Cobbenhagen College in Tilburg. Between 1994 and 2000 he studied chemistry and environmental science at Radboud University in Nijmegen. During his studies he was an intern at research information centers in Nijmegen and in the United States. He also chaired the Nijmegen Association of Chemistry Students Sigma[1] and he was a member of the Nijmegen University Council.[2]

From 2000 he worked as a researcher at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. He worked on several projects which had to do with transnational environmental problems such as climate change and was the institute's spokesperson on the sustainability of biofuels.[3] He co-authored the IPCC report on climate change.[4]

Political life[edit]

Since the 1990s Eickhout has been active in the GreenLeft, he co-authored the 2006 election manifesto and he was a candidate in the 2004 European Parliament election (#6, the party got only two seats).[5] Between 2008 and 2009 he was a member of the committee chaired by Bram van Ojik which wrote the new party platform.[6] He is a member of the GreenLeft delegation to the European Green Party.[7]

Before the 2009 European Parliament election he was one of five candidates for the top position on the GreenLeft list. Other contenders were Senator Tineke Strik, Amsterdam city counselor Judith Sargentini, former MEP Alexander de Roo and Niels van den Berge, assistant to Kathalijne Buitenweg. Eickhout campaigned on environmental issues.[8] With 25% of the votes he lost to Judith Sargentini.[9] His candidacy for the party list was supported by former MPs Arie van den Brand and Wijnand Duyvendak[10] On the party congress he was placed second on the GreenLeft list for the European Parliament.

After his election to the European Parliament, Eickhout became a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and substitute for the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[11]


  1. ^ Oude Besturen
  2. ^ CV op
  3. ^ Biodiesel in vervoer schaadt milieu
  4. ^ planbureau voor de leefomgeving op
  5. ^ 6. Bas Eickhout op
  6. ^ Bas Eickhout op
  7. ^ Europese Groene Partij op
  8. ^ visie en standpunten op Bas Eickhout
  9. ^ referendum op
  10. ^ wij steunen bas op
  11. ^ GroenLinks dik tevreden over verworven posities in Europarlement op

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