Former MEP
Country: Netherlands
  • BRU:
    ASP 12E103 (Altiero Spinelli)
    Parlement européen
    60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
    B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel
    Phone: +32 (0)2 2845863
    Fax:+32 (0)2 2849863
  • STR:
    LOW T09032 (Louise Weiss)
    Parlement européen
    Allée du Printemps
    BP 1024/F
    F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
    Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175863
    Fax:+33 (0)3 88 179863
My Positions in Parliament:
  • Member - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
  • Member - European Parliament
  • Member - Foreign Affairs
  • Member - Christen Democratisch Appèl
  • Member - Russia
  • Member - Human Rights
  • Substitute - Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
  • Substitute - Mashreq
  • Substitute - Employment and Social Affairs

Curriculum vitae

Born in 1950. Limburg. PR officer for PLEM, electricity company. National President, CDA-jongeren (Young Christian Democrats), 1977. Member of Parliament, 1981-1989. Vice-President, EPP Group (1989-1999). Vice-Chairman, EPP Working Group «E» (internal market and environment).Chairwoman and member of the parliamentary delegation of South Africa, Chairwoman Russia Delegation untill 2009, Co-chair of EPP Parti Working Group Economic and Social Policy. MEP since 1989.



couple together at the beach
28.11.2013 - 11:00

Better portability of pension rights

The European population is growing older on average. By 2060 the share of those aged 65 and over is projected to rise from 17% to 30% of the population. As a consequence, the EU would move from having four people of working-age to each person aged...

Press releases

15.04.2014 - 17:26

Boost for pensions of cross-border workers

Europeans working in another Member State can now enjoy minimum rights for their pensions abroad. Supplementary pension rights will no longer disappear if one works longer than 3 years in another...
Turkish leader Recep Erdogan
21.03.2014 - 11:37

Turkey Twitter ban unacceptable

Ria Oomen-Ruijten MEP, Rapporteur on Turkey for the European Parliament, has strongly condemned the recent Turkish ban of Twitter: "Blocking social media is unacceptable in a functioning...
Senior man sitting with his daughter and grandson
18.03.2014 - 09:51

Better pension rights for workers across the borders

The EPP Group today helped EU workers to better safeguard their supplementary pension rights in other EU Member States. European workers can now enjoy minimum rights for their pensions abroad....



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