Cornelis Pieter "Cees" Veerman (born 8 March 1949) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and economist.

Cees Veerman
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Cees Veerman in 2007
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
In office
1 July 2003 – 22 February 2007
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byHimself
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
Succeeded byGerda Verburg
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
In office
22 July 2002 – 1 July 2003
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byLaurens Jan Brinkhorst
Succeeded byHimself
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries<
Member of the Social and
Economic Council
In office
1 January 1990 – 1 January 1993
ChairmanTheo Quené
Personal details
Born
Cornelis Pieter Veerman

(1949-03-08) 8 March 1949 (age 70)
Nieuw-Beijerland, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(since 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Christian Historical Union
(until 1980)
ResidenceNieuw-Beijerland, Netherlands
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam
(Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics)
Wageningen University
(Doctor of Philosophy)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Economist · Researcher · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Academic administrator · Farmer · Professor

Veerman applied at the Rotterdam School of Economics in May 1967 majoring in Economics obtaining an Bachelor of Economics degree in June 1969 working as a student researcher before obtaining an Master of Economics degree in July 1973. Veerman worked as a economics teacher in Delft from October 1971 until January 1976. Veerman served on the Municipal Council of Nieuw-Beijerland from May 1973 until June 1980 and on the Municipal Council of Korendijk from February 1986 until September 1991. Veerman worked as an associate professor of Economics]] at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from January 1976 until September 1989. Veerman applied at the Wageningen University in April 1979 for a postgraduate education in Economics working as a researcher and got an doctorate as an Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural economics in August 1983. Veerman worked as a distinguished professor of Agricultural economics at the Tilburg University from September 1989 until July 2002 and as a distinguished professor of Agricultural economics and Public administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from May 1990 until August 1997. Veerman also 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 (Ernst & Young, LEI Wageningen UR and the General Bank of the Netherlands) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Social and Economic Council). Veerman also served as Chairman of the Education board of the Wageningen University from 1 May 1997 until 22 July 2002.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

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.

PoliticsEdit

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]

TriviaEdit

he 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]

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 11 April 2007

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries

2002–2003
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Fisheries
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality

2003–2007
Succeeded by
Gerda Verburg
Business positions
Preceded by
Pieter Bouw
Chairman of the
VU University Medical Center

2012–2013
Succeeded by
Wouter Bos
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Herman Wijffels
Chairman of the
Vereniging Natuurmonumenten

2007–2011
Succeeded by
Hans Wijers
Academic offices
Preceded by
Unknown
President of the
Wageningen University

1997–2002
Succeeded by
Unknown