Frans Andriessen

Frans Andriessen
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
6 January 1989  6 January 1993
President Jacques Delors
Preceded by Willy De Clercq
Succeeded by Hans van den Broek
European Commissioner for Competition
In office
6 January 1981  7 January 1985
President Gaston Thorn
Preceded by Raymond Vouel
Succeeded by Peter Sutherland
Minister of Finance
In office
19 December 1977  22 February 1980
Monarch Juliana
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Wim Duisenberg
Succeeded by Gijs van Aardenne
Personal details
Born (1929-04-02) 2 April 1929
Utrecht, Netherlands
Political party Catholic People's Party
Christian Democratic Appeal

Franciscus Henricus Johannes Joseph (Frans) Andriessen (born 2 April 1929 in Utrecht) is a senior Dutch politician.

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). For the 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] He is one of few politicians to serve three consecutive terms as an EU Commissioner.[3]


  1. Biography on CDA website
  2. Image on CVCE website
  3. Article on EuropeanVoice website
Preceded by
Henk Vredeling
Dutch European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Hans van den Broek
Preceded by
Raymond Vouel
European Commissioner for Competition
Succeeded by
Peter Sutherland
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