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21.01.1968, Vlagtwedde
The Left group in the European Parliament - GUE/NGL
Partij voor de Dieren
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Parliamentary activities

Participation in roll-call votes:
9908 out of 10036 votes
Ranking: 351st
Loyalty to political group:
8351 out of 9886 votes
Ranking: 565th
Loyalty to national party:
9908 out of 9908 votes
Ranking: 1st

How this MEP influences EU policy (sample)

Voting behaviour reveals that, compared to the GUE/NGL group, this MEP is more supportive of phasing out the Common Agriculture Policy.

Additionally, we found that, compared to the GUE/NGL group, this MEP is less supportive of including a European Framework Directive for a minimum income within the Just Transition agenda.

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Curriculum vitae

  • Education

  • 1993-1995 - Supervisor of biology students on the Landscape Ecology (sub-phase 2) course, Laboratory of Plant Ecology, Groningen State University
  • 1994-1994 - Chemical analyst at the Laboratory of Plant Ecology, Groningen State University
  • 1995-1995 - Scientific assistant at the wildlife protection foundation Faunabescherming (formerly Stichting Kritisch Faunabeheer)
  • 1996-1996 - Scientific researcher, plant life management consultative group of the environmental management information centre Kenniscentrum Natuurbeheer (now Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Expertise Centre), Wageningen
  • 1998-1998 - Scientific assistant, Groningen Province Spatial Planning and Environment Department
  • 1997-2000 - Scientific assistant, Animal Experiment Issues Department, Animals and Society Centre, University of Utrecht / University of Leiden
  • 2000-2005 - Policy assistant on wild animals, Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, The Hague
  • 2005-2009 - Policy assistant, Lenie 't Hart Seal Sanctuary, Pieterburen
  • 2007-2014 - Member, Groningen Provincial Council, Partij voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals), and Party for the Animals group Chair in Groningen
  • 2009-2012 - Policy influence coordinator at Stichting AAP (foundation for the protection of primates and other exotic mammals), Almere
  • 2012-2012 - Member of the Netherlands Parliament, Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) for the Party for the Animals (24 January - 14 May)
  • 2012-2014 - Senior prevention policy advisor (Europe), AAP Foundation, Almere
  • Professional career

  • 1980-1984 - Certificate of intermediate secondary education, Ter Apel
  • 1984-1986 - Certificate of higher secondary education, Ter Apel
  • 1988-1989 - Foundation course, teacher training (biology and chemistry, 2nd level), Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden, Groningen campus
  • 1989-1995 - Doctorate in Biology at Groningen State University, specialising in plant ecology
  • Other activities

  • 1987-1997 - Volunteer, Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, Groningen Province section
  • 1988-1993 - Member of editorial staff, 'Dierbaar', magazine of the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, Groningen Province section
  • 1992-1997 - Volunteer at the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, The Hague national office, as regional advisor on sustainable agriculture and animal biotechnology projects, and coordinator of the North Netherlands office
  • 1994-1997 - Founder and spokesman of action committee 'De Beer is Los', Slochteren
  • 2000-2004 - Member of Research Focus Group on deer management in the Amsterdam water supply dunes, Amsterdam
  • 2000-2004 - Member of veterinary environmental monitoring committee, Wageningen
  • 2001-2004 - Member of the agricultural working party, GroenLinks (Green Left Party), Utrecht
  • 2000-2007 - Member of governing board Faunafonds (wildlife fund), Dordrecht
  • 2007-2009 - Committee member / treasurer of the Wild Animal Shelters Association (VOND), Almere
  • 2009-2012 - Treasurer of the Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit (circus without animals) association, Almere