Pierre Lardinois

Pierre Joseph Lardinois (13 August 1924 – 16 July 1987) was a Dutch politician and diplomat of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and agronomist.[1]

Pierre Lardinois
Pierre Lardinois 1974 (1).jpg
Pierre Lardinois in 1974
European Commissioner for
Agriculture
and Fisheries
In office
6 January 1973 – 6 January 1977
PresidentFrançois-Xavier Ortoli
Preceded byCarlo Scarascia-Mugnozza
Succeeded byFinn Olav Gundelach
Minister for Suriname and
Netherlands Antilles Affairs
In office
28 January 1972 – 1 January 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byRoelof Nelissen
Succeeded byMolly Geertsema
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
5 April 1967 – 1 January 1973
Prime MinisterPiet de Jong
(1967–1971)
Barend Biesheuvel
(1971–1973)
Preceded byBarend Biesheuvel
Succeeded byJaap Boersma (Ad interim)
Member of the Social
and Economic Council
In office
1 February 1965 – 5 April 1967
ChairmanJan de Pous
Member of the European Parliament
In office
14 October 1963 – 5 April 1967
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Group
ConstituencyNetherlands
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
11 May 1971 – 6 July 1971
In office
17 September 1963 – 5 April 1967
Parliamentary groupCatholic People's Party
Personal details
Born
Pierre Joseph Lardinois

(1924-08-13)13 August 1924
Noorbeek, Netherlands
Died16 July 1987(1987-07-16) (aged 62)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cause of deathCancer
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1950–1954, 1958–1980)
Spouse(s)
Maria Peeters
(m. 1950; died 1982)
Children3 daughters and 2 sons
Alma materWageningen Agricultural College
(Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Engineering)
OccupationPolitician · Diplomat · Civil servant · Agronomist · Agricultural engineer · Businessman · Banker · Corporate director · Trade association executive · Lobbyist

Lardinois applied at the Wageningen Agricultural College in June 1942 majoring in Agronomy. During the German occupation Lardinois continued his study but in March 1943 the refused to sign a loyalty oath to the German occupation authority but to escape prosecution he was forced to enlist in the Arbeitslager in the German armored production industry. Following the end of World War II Lardinois returned to the Wageningen Agricultural College and obtaining an Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in June 1947 before graduating with an Master of Science in Engineering degree in on 23 January 1951. Lardinois worked as an agronomist from October 1951 until February 1960 for the municipality of Purmerend from October 1951 until November 1952 and for the municipality of Eindhoven from November 1952 until February 1960. Lardinois worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as an agricultural Attaché in Londen, England from February 1960 until September 1963.

Lardinois became a Member of the House of Representatives after Victor Marijnen was appointed as Prime Minister in the Cabinet Marijnen after the election of 1963, taking office on 17 September 1963. Lardinois was selected as a Member of the European Parliament and dual served in those positions, taking office on 14 October 1963. Lardinois also became active in the public sector, in December 1964 Lardinois was appointed as a trade association executive for the North Brabant Christian Farmers' association (NCB) serving as Chairman from 1 January 1965 until 5 April 1967. After the election of 1967 Lardinois was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Cabinet De Jong, taking office on 5 April 1967. After the election of 1971 Lardinois returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 11 May 1971. Following the cabinet formation of 1971 Lardinois continued as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Cabinet Biesheuvel I, taking office on 6 July 1971. Lardinois was also appointed as Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs, taking office on 28 January 1972. The Cabinet Biesheuvel I fell just one year later on 19 July 1972 and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Biesheuvel II with Lardinois continuing as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs, taking office on 9 August 1972.

In December 1972 Lardinois was nominated as the next European Commissioner from the Netherlands. Lardinois was giving the portfolios of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Ortoli Commission, he resigned as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs on 1 January 1973 and was installed as European Commissioner, serving from 6 January 1973 until 6 January 1977.[2]

Lardinois retired after spending 13 years in national politics and became active in the private sector, in December 1976 Lardinois was appointed as CEO and Chairman of the Board of directors of the Rabobank serving from 1 January 1977 until 1 September 1986.

Lardinois was known for his abilities as a manager and policy wonk. Lardinois continued to comment on political affairs until his death from cancer at the age of 62.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre Holy See 15 April 1968
  Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 19 May 1969
  Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg 28 September 1970
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 8 June 1973
  Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour France 11 November 1974
  Knight Commander of the Order of Merit Germany 15 August 1976
  Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 January 1977
  Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit France 15 February 1977
  Grand Cordon of the Honorary Order of the Palm Suriname 25 April 1978

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lardinois, Petrus Josephus (1924-1987)" (in Dutch). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Pierre Lardinois Dies at 62; A Dutch and Europe Official". Associated Press. 19 July 1987. Retrieved 2 July 2016.

External linksEdit

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Barend Biesheuvel
Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries

1967–1973
Succeeded by
Jaap Boersma
Ad interim
Preceded by
Roelof Nelissen
Minister for Suriname and
Netherlands Antilles Affairs

1972–1973
Succeeded by
Molly Geertsema
Preceded by
Sicco Mansholt
European Commissioner
from the Netherlands

1973–1977
Succeeded by
Henk Vredeling
Business positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
North Brabant Christian
Farmers' association

1965–1967
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Bram Verhage
CEO and Chairman of the
Board of directors of the
Rabobank

1977–1986
Succeeded by
Herman Wijffels