Frans Andriessen

Dutch politician (1929-2019)

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

Frans Andriessen
Frans Andriessen 1979.jpg
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
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
Christian Democratic Appeal

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]


  1. Biography on CDA website
  2. Image on CVCE website
  3. Article on EuropeanVoice website