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Frans Andriessen

Dutch politician

Franciscus Henricus Johannes Joseph "Frans" Andriessen (2 April 1929 in Utrecht – 22 March 2019) was a senior Dutch politician,.

Frans Andriessen
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European Commissioner for Trade
In office
6 January 1989 – 6 January 1993
PresidentJacques Delors
Preceded byWilly De Clercq
Succeeded byHans van den Broek
European Commissioner for Competition
In office
6 January 1981 – 7 January 1985
PresidentGaston Thorn
Preceded byRaymond Vouel
Succeeded byPeter Sutherland
Minister of Finance
In office
19 December 1977 – 22 February 1980
MonarchJuliana
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byWim Duisenberg
Succeeded byGijs van Aardenne
Personal details
Born(1929-04-02)2 April 1929
Utrecht, Netherlands
Died22 March 2019(2019-03-22) (aged 89)
Political partyCatholic People's Party
(1967-1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal
(1980-2019)

In 1967 he was first elected to the House of Representatives for the Katholieke Volkspartij (KVP). From 1971 to 1977 he was leader of the KVP.[1] In 1977, the KVP merged with two protestant parties to form the Christen-Democratisch Appel (CDA).

He served as Minister of Finance (1977–1980) and European Commissioner for Competition (1981-1985), Agriculture (1985-1989), and External Relations and Trade (1989–1993).[2]

Andriessen was one of few politicians to serve three terms as an EU Commissioner.[3]

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