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Berend "Bert" de Vries (born 29 March 1938) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and economist.

Bert de Vries
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Bert de Vries in 1984
Chairman of the Christian
Democratic Appeal
In office
10 October 2001 – 2 November 2002
LeaderJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byMarnix van Rij
Succeeded byMarja van Bijsterveldt
Member of the Social
and Economic Council
In office
15 July 1995 – 20 January 2001
Chairman
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
In office
18 September 1990 – 28 September 1990
Ad interim
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byGerrit Braks
Succeeded byPiet Bukman
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment
In office
7 November 1989 – 22 August 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byJan de Koning
Succeeded byAd Melkert
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
14 July 1986 – 14 September 1989
Preceded byRuud Lubbers
Succeeded byRuud Lubbers
In office
4 November 1982 – 3 June 1986
Preceded byRuud Lubbers
Succeeded byRuud Lubbers
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
21 November 1978 – 7 November 1989
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
(1980–1989)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(1978–1980)
Personal details
Born
Berend de Vries

(1938-03-29) 29 March 1938 (age 81)
Groningen, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(1980–2010)
Other political
affiliations
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(until 1980)
Spouse(s)
Dieuwke van der Helm (m. 1969)
ResidenceBennekom, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Groningen
(Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics)
Free University Amsterdam
(Doctor of Philosophy)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Economist · Financial analyst · Tax collector · Researcher · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Trade association executive · Lobbyist · Activist · Professor

De Vries applied at the University of Groningen in June 1957 majoring in Economics and obtaining an Bachelor of Economics degree in June 1959 before graduating with an Master of Economics degree in July 1963. De Vries worked as a civil servant for the province of Groningen as a tax collector from September 1963 until May 1964 and as a financial analyst for Philips in Eindhoven from May 1964 until January 1968. De Vries applied at the Free University Amsterdam in January 1968 for a postgraduate education in Financial economics and got a doctorate as an Doctor of Philosophy in Financial economics in July 1970. De Vries worked as a researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from January 1968 until November 1978. De Vries became a Member of the House of Representatives after the resignation of Willem Aantjes, taking office on 21 November 1978.

After the election of 1982 the new Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal and Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives Ruud Lubbers became Prime Minister in te Cabinet Lubbers I and De Vries was selected as his successor as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives, taking office on 4 November 1982. After the election of 1986 Lubbers returned as Parliamentary leader on 3 June 1986 but following the cabinet formation of 1986 he remained as Prime Minister in the Cabinet Lubbers II and De Vries again took over as Parliamentary leader, taking office on 14 July 1986. After the election of 1989 Lubbers again returned as Parliamentary leader on 14 September 1989. Following the cabinet formation of 1989 De Vries was appointed as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989. De Vries served as acting Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries from 18 September 1990 until 28 September 1990 following the resignation of Gerrit Braks. In December 1993 De Vries announced his retirement from national politics and that he wouldn't stand for the election of 1994. The Cabinet Lubbers III was replaced by the Cabinet Kok I following the cabinet formation of 1994 on 22 August 1994.

De Vries semi-retired from active politics and became active in the private sector and public sector and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (Unilever, Energy Research Centre, Tinbergen Institute and Arcadis) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (National Insurance Bank and the Public Pension Funds APB) and as an advocate, lobbyist and activist for the Anti-war movement, Human rights and the Two-state solution for the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. De Vries also worked as a trade association executive for the Hospitals association and served as Chairman from July 1995 until January 2001 and as a distinguished professor of Financial economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from 1 December 1994 until 1 December 1998. De Vries served as Chairman of the Christian Democratic Appeal from 10 October 2001 until 2 November 2002 following the resignation of Marnix van Rij.

De Vries is known for his abilities as a negotiator and manager. De Vries continued to comment on political affairs until his retirement in 2018 and holds the distinction as the second longest-serving Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives with 6 years, 273 days after Sybrand van Haersma Buma.[1]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Berend de Vries was born in Groningen. His father had a detective agency. As a student, he was employed to assist in observation work, for collecting evidence of adultery. After the Mulo he was an official of the IRS. In the evening he attended the HBS. As a working student, he attended the study economics at the University of Groningen and he received a Master of Economics degree. Through the work at Groningen, he joined Philips, where he worked in the finance department. Thereafter (from 1968 to 1978) he worked at the Erasmus University. At the same time he received his PhD in Economic Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit.

PoliticsEdit

In 1978 he was elected as a member of the Anti-Revolutionary Party as a Member of the House of Representatives. In 1982 he became leader of the CDA. He ruled the fraction with an iron fist and did not allow dissidents. Group Members Jan Nico Scholten and Stef Dijkman had to leave in 1983. As minister he steered the Arbeidsvoorzieningswet and Jeugdwerkgarantiewet by the First and Second Chamber. He was also the architect of the so-called Bami agreement on adaptation of the WAO. The name Bami agreement refers to the fact that during the consultations in the home of Bert de Vries, a meal of Chinese take-away food was consumed. With this agreement, the fall of the third Lubbers cabinet prevented.

After his departure from active politics until 1998 he was part-time professor of financial and economic policy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After the forced resignation of Marnix van Rij in 2001, De Vries took over as chairman of the Christian Democratic Appeal for a year.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown Belgium 10 December 1990
  Commander of the Legion of Honour France 1 October 1991
  Knight Commander of the Order of Merit Germany 21 March 1993
  Grand Officer of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins Chile 5 August 1993
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 8 October 1994
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 30 April 1999

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CDA-coryfee Bert de Vries verlaat partij" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2016.

External linksEdit

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ruud Lubbers
Parliamentary leader of the
Christian Democratic Appeal
in the House of Representatives

1982–1986
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by
Marnix van Rij
Chairman of the Christian
Democratic Appeal

2001–2002
Succeeded by
Marja van Bijsterveldt
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan de Koning
Minister of Social Affairs
and Employment

1989–1994
Succeeded by
Ad Melkert
Preceded by
Gerrit Braks
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries

Ad interim

1990
Succeeded by
Piet Bukman
Civic offices
Preceded by
Wil Albeda
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
National Insurance Bank

1994–2001
Succeeded by
Bram Peper
Preceded by
Gijs van Aardenne
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
Public Pension Funds APB

1995–2001
Succeeded by
Elco Brinkman
Business positions
Preceded by
Gijs van Aardenne
Chairman of the
Hospitals association

1995–2001
Succeeded by
Unknown