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Bas Eickhout

Bas Eickhout
GreenLeft MEP
Assumed office
Constituency Dutch constituency
Personal details
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 37)
Groesbeek, Netherlands
Political party GreenLeft
Residence Utrecht

Bas Eickhout (October 8, 1976 in Groesbeek) is a Dutch politician for the GreenLeft. He has been elected to the European Parliament in the 2009 election.

Life before politics

Eickhout attended high school at the Cobbenhagen College in Tilburg. Between 1994 and 2000 he studied chemistry and environmental science at the Radboud University. During his studies he was an intern at the science store Nijmegen and in the United States. He also chaired the Nijmegen Association of Chemistry Students Sigma [1] and he was a member of the Nijmegen University Council.[2]

Since 2000 he worked as a researcher at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. He worked on several projects which had to do with transnational environmental problems such as climate change. He also co-authored the IPCC report on climate change.[3] He also was the organizations spokesperson on the sustainability of biofuels.[4]

Since the 1990s Eickhout has been active in the GreenLeft, he co-authored the 2006 election manifesto and he was a candidate in the 2004 European Parliament election (#6, the party got only two seats).[5] Between 2008 and 2009 he was a member of the committee-Van Ojik which wrote the new party platform. [6] Moreover he is a member of the GreenLeft delegation to the European Green Party.[7]

Political life

Early 2009 he was one of five candidates for the top position on the GreenLeft list for the European Parliament. Other contenders were Senator Tineke Strik, Amsterdam city counselor Judith Sargentini, former MEP Alexander de Roo and Niels van den Berge, assistant to Kathalijne Buitenweg. As a candidate Eickhout campaigned environmental issues.[8] With 25% of the votes he lost tot Judith Sargentini.[9] His candidacy for the party list was supported by former MPs Arie van den Brand and Wijnand Duyvendak[10] On the party congress he was put on the second place of the GreenLeft list for the European Parliament.

After his election into the European Parliament, Eickhout became a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and substitute for the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[11]


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