Bas Eickhout

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Bas Eickhout
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Constituency Netherlands
Personal details
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 42)
Groesbeek, Netherlands
Political party  Dutch:
European Green Party
Alma mater Radboud University

Bas Eickhout (born 8 October 1976) is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Netherlands. He is a member of the GreenLeft, part of the European Green Party. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the 2009 election.

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, 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 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).[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] In this capacity, he represented the Parliament at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland,[12] and the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.[13] He also serves as the Parliament’s rapporteur on renewable energy rules.[14]

On 15 September 2018 it was announced he is seeking nomination as one of the European Greens two lead candidates for the 2019 European Parliament elections[15].


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