Frans Andriessen

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Frans Andriessen
Frans Andriessen 1979.jpg
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
6 January 1989 – 6 January 1993
President Jacques Delors
Preceded by Willy De Clercq
Succeeded by Hans van den Broek
European Commissioner for Competition
In office
6 January 1981 – 7 January 1985
President Gaston Thorn
Preceded by Raymond Vouel
Succeeded by Peter Sutherland
Minister of Finance
In office
19 December 1977 – 22 February 1980
Monarch Juliana
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Wim Duisenberg
Succeeded by Gijs van Aardenne
Personal details
Born (1929-04-02) 2 April 1929 (age 88)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Political party Catholic People's Party
Christian Democratic Appeal

Franciscus Henricus Johannes Joseph (Frans) Andriessen (born 2 April 1929 in Utrecht) is a senior Dutch politician.

In 1967 he was first elected to the House of Representatives for the Katholieke Volkspartij (KVP). From 1971 to 1977 he was leader of the KVP.[1] In 1977, the KVP merged with two protestant parties to form the Christen-Democratisch Appel (CDA). For the CDA, he served as Minister of Finance (1977–1980) and European Commissioner for Competition (1981-1985), Agriculture (1985-1989), and External Relations and Trade (1989–1993).[2] He is one of few politicians to serve three consecutive terms as an EU Commissioner.[3]


  1. ^ Biography on CDA website
  2. ^ Image on CVCE website
  3. ^ Article on EuropeanVoice website
Preceded by
Henk Vredeling
Dutch European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Hans van den Broek
Preceded by
Raymond Vouel
European Commissioner for Competition
Succeeded by
Peter Sutherland