Gijs van Aardenne

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Gijs van Aardenne
Gijs van Aardenne 1982 (1).jpg
Gijs van Aardenne in 1982
Member of the Senate
In office
13 June 1995 – 10 August 1995
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Member of the Social and
Economic Council
In office
1 September 1987 – 10 August 1995
ChairTheo Quené
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
4 November 1982 – 14 July 1986
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byJan Terlouw
Succeeded byRudolf de Korte
Minister of Finance
In office
22 February 1980 – 5 March 1980
Ad interim
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byFrans Andriessen
Succeeded byFons van der Stee
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
4 November 1982 – 14 July 1986
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byJan Terlouw
Succeeded byRudolf de Korte
In office
19 December 1977 – 11 September 1981
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byRuud Lubbers
Succeeded byJan Terlouw
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
25 August 1981 – 4 November 1982
In office
3 August 1971 – 19 December 1977
In office
18 February 1971 – 10 May 1971
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Gijsbert Michiel Vredenrijk van Aardenne

(1930-03-18)18 March 1930
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died10 August 1995(1995-08-10) (aged 65)
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Cause of deathALS
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1958)
Spouse(s)
Marijke van Aardenne
(m. 1958; his death 1995)
Children4 children
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Master of Mathematics, Master of Physics)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Economist · Mathematician · Accountant · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Trade association executive

Gijsbert Michiel Vredenrijk "Gijs" van Aardenne (18 March 1930 – 10 August 1995) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman.

Van Aardenne worked as a corporate director for a iron manufacturer in Dordrecht from 1953 until 1971. Van Aardenne became a Member of the House of Representatives after the resignation of Johan Schlingemann, serving from 18 February 1971 until 10 May 1971 and again following the appointed of Koos Rietkerk as Minister of the Interior, taking office on 3 August 1971. After the election of 1977 Van Aardenne was appointed as Minister of Economic Affairs in the Cabinet Van Agt–Wiegel, taking office on 19 December 1977. Van Aardenne served as acting Minister of Finance from 22 February 1980 until 5 March 1980 following the resignation Frans Andriessen. After the election of 1981 Van Aardenne returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 25 August 1981. The Cabinet Van Agt–Wiegel was replaced by the Cabinet Van Agt II on 11 September 1981. Following the election of 1982 Van Aardenne was appointed again as Minister of Economic Affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers I and also became Deputy Prime Minister, taking office on 4 November 1982. Following a political scandal Van Aardenne announced in January 1986 that he would not stand for the election of 1986.

Van Aardenne semi-retired from active politics and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes (KPN, Energy Research Centre, Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, Staatsbosbeheer, DSM Company, PFZW and Randstad Holding) and as an trade association executive for the Hospitals association. Van Aardenne was elected as a Member of the Senate following the Senate election of 1995, serving from 13 June 1995 until his death from ALS on 10 August 1995.

Van Aardenne was known for his abilities as a consensus builder and manager. He holds the distinction as the longest-serving Minister of Economic Affairs with 8 years.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Van Aardenne was the son of a surgeon and studied mathematics and physics at Leiden University. After his studies he was employed at a steel factory in Dordrecht, becoming its general manager from 1967 to 1971.

Politics[edit]

He joined the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) in 1958 and was a Member of Parliament between 1971 and 1977, and again in 1981. He became minister of economic affairs in the First Van Agt cabinet (1977–81). Nuclear energy and problems in the shipbuilding industry were prominent issues during these years. He took the same post as well as Deputy Prime Minister in the first First Lubbers cabinet (1982–1986).

He got into political trouble for downplaying the financial struggles of the Rijn-Schelde-Verolme shipyard, which would collapse in 1983 in spite of many years of large financial support from the government. For this reason he was omitted from the 1986 Lubbers cabinet.

Van Aardenne remained politically active, amongst others acting in the formation of the first Kok cabinet in 1994 and rejecting the post of minister of finances in that. By then he had been diagnosed with ALS, which bound him to a wheel chair and of which he died in 1995.

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 18 November 1981
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 26 August 1986

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Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Ruud Lubbers
Minister of Economic Affairs
1977–1981
1982–1986
Succeeded by
Jan Terlouw
Preceded by
Jan Terlouw
Succeeded by
Rudolf de Korte
Preceded by
Frans Andriessen
Minister of Finance
1980
Ad interim
Succeeded by
Fons van der Stee
Preceded by
Jan Terlouw
Deputy Prime Minister
1982–1986
Succeeded by
Rudolf de Korte
Civic offices
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Netherlands Cadastre Agency

1986–1994
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
Staatsbosbeheer

1988–1995
Succeeded by
Hans Wiegel
Preceded by
Jaap Boersma
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP

1993–1995
Succeeded by
Bert de Vries
Business positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Hospitals association

1987–1995
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Joop Bakker
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
DSM Company

1988–1995
Succeeded by
Unknown
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jan de Pous
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Energy Research Centre

1990–1995
Succeeded by
Jan Terlouw
Preceded by
Bé Udink
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of PFZW

1990–1995
Succeeded by
Hans de Boer