Bas Eickhout

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Bas Eickhout

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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 44)
Groesbeek, Netherlands
Political party Dutch:
European Green Party
Alma materRadboud University

Bas Eickhout (born 8 October 1976) is a Dutch politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since the 2009 elections. He is a member of the GreenLeft, part of the European Green Party.

Education and early career[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, Eickhout 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]

Political career[edit]

Introduction video of Bas Eickhout.

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).[4] Between 2008 and 2009, he was a member of the committee chaired by Bram van Ojik which wrote the new party platform.[5] He is a member of the GreenLeft delegation to the European Green Party.[6]

Before the 2009 European Parliament election, Eickhout 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.[7] With 25% of the votes, he lost to Judith Sargentini.[8] His candidacy for the party list was supported by former MPs Arie van den Brand and Wijnand Duyvendak.[9] 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.[10] In this capacity, he represented the Parliament at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland,[11] and the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.[12] He has also served as the Parliament's rapporteur on the EU's target for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions (2011),[13] the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (2014),[14] renewable energy rules (2017)[15] and sustainable finance (2019).[16][17] He is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.[18]

On 24 November 2018, Eickhout was elected as one of two leading candidates of the European Greens for the 2019 European Parliament elections, alongside Ska Keller.[19] Under his leadership, GreenLeft won three seats, up from two in 2014.[20] Both Keller and Eickhout later became the Green candidates for the office of President of the European Commission.[21] He has since been serving as deputy chairman of the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group, under the leadership of co-chairs Keller and Philippe Lamberts.[22]

In December 2020, Eickhout received the Environment award at The Parliament Magazine's annual MEP Awards.[23]


  1. ^ Oude Besturen Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ CV Archived 2008-12-14 at the Wayback Machine op
  3. ^ "Biodiesel in vervoer schaadt milieu". Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  4. ^ 6. Bas Eickhout[permanent dead link] op
  5. ^ Bas Eickhout Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine op
  6. ^ Europese Groene Partij Archived 2009-09-27 at the Wayback Machine op
  7. ^ visie en standpunten Archived 2009-02-23 at the Wayback Machine op Bas Eickhout
  8. ^ referendum Archived 2009-03-19 at the Wayback Machine op
  9. ^ wij steunen bas Archived 2009-03-12 at the Wayback Machine op
  10. ^ GroenLinks dik tevreden over verworven posities in Europarlement Archived 2014-01-09 at the Wayback Machine op
  11. ^ Climate change: EP delegation to attend Warsaw summit European Parliament, press release of November 15, 2013.
  12. ^ Dave Keating (December 4, 2014), MEPs prepare to join climate talks European Voice.
  13. ^ Jennifer Rankin (February 23, 2011), MEPs to fight over boosting the EU’s emissions cut to 30% European Voice.
  14. ^ Dave Keating (September 17, 2014), MEPs may challenge free ETS permits European Voice.
  15. ^ Sara Stefanini (June 19, 2017), Biofuel options for aviation running low Politico Europe.
  16. ^ Mehreen Khan and Leslie Hook (December 5, 2019), EU gives green light to rule book on sustainable investments Financial Times.
  17. ^ Jonas Ekblom (December 17, 2019), EU lawmakers tweak proposed rules on sustainable investments Reuters.
  18. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  19. ^ "European Greens elect leading duo". European Greens.
  20. ^ Eline Schaart (May 23, 2019), Timmermans’ Labor wins Dutch EU election: exit poll Politico Europe.
  21. ^ Niki Blasina (March 11, 2019), Contenders emerge in race for the EU's top job Financial Times.
  22. ^ Greens/EFA group positions elected Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), press release of June 12, 2019.
  23. ^ Johnson, Brian (2 December 2020). "MEP Awards 2020: Reaction and comment from our winners". The Parliament Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2021.

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