Cees Veerman

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Cees Veerman
Cees Veerman.jpg
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
In office
22 July 2002 – 22 February 2007
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Succeeded by Gerda Verburg
Personal details
Born Cornelis Pieter Veerman
(1949-03-08) 8 March 1949 (age 69)
Nieuw-Beijerland, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party CHU (1973-1980)
CDA (from 1980)
Alma mater Erasmus University Rotterdam (BEc)
Wageningen University and Research Centre (PhD)
Occupation Politician

Cornelis Pieter (Cees) Veerman (born 8 March 1949) is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality from 22 July 2002 until 22 February 2007.


Early life[edit]

Veerman attended Erasmus University in Rotterdam, then went on to attain a doctorate degree of economic science at Wageningen University in 1983.

After attaining his degree, Veerman taught economics at a secondary school. In 1989 he taught agricultural business economics and sociology at Tilburg University. A year later, Veerman became a professor of agribusiness at his alma-mater, Erasmus University, then in 1997, became chairman of the board of management at Wageningen University.


Veerman served as the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality for the Netherlands in the third and fourth cabinet Balkenende. He was also President of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers. Some of the key issues he was focused on include the relationship between agriculture and society (especially combating poverty), the relationship between farming and nature, and reforms for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which includes the feud over European farm aid. He is very influential in international environmental affairs. He was succeeded by Gerda Verburg on 22 February 2007.[1]


Veerman has sat as a member on various supervisory boards throughout his career. Some of these boards include the National Cooperative Council for Agricultural and Horticulture, the board of the Horticultural Auction Association, the DLO Agricultural Economics Research Institute, the Moret, Ernst & Young advisory board, the Nieuw-Beijerland municipal council for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), and the Social and Economic Council.[2]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) NOVA
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Deltacommissie

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Government offices
Preceded by
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Succeeded by
Gerda Verburg