Bas Eickhout: leading candidate European Greens

This time, the European elections will be different, that is for sure.

This time there is a huge opportunity to change Europe and the way we do politics in Europe. That is why I am candidating myself as Spitzenkandidat or leading candidate for the European Greens.

Old parties are breaking up, new alliances are being formed. For sure anti-European forces will grow in the European Parliament.

But we should be careful not to fall in the trap of those that want to make this the campaign about being for or against Europe, as a single choice between Emmanuel Macron or Viktor Orbán. As if there is no choice but to defend only the current EU.

I will not accept that. We as Greens have a plan for a better Europe. A Europe that delivers for all its people.

A Europe that invests in people. 

A Europe where trade and internal market are not a goal in itself but an instrument to create a social, clean and prosperous Europe where everyone can thrive.

A Europe that taxes the polluters and pollutants and lets multinationals pay their fair share.

A Europe that cherishes its cultures and embraces diversity as a strength.

We are pro-European and pro-change.

More and more Europeans are tired of the old politics. Take the fight against climate change. Other political parties keep on saying that it is so important to cut back on carbon emissions, but they fail to act time and time again. I have many years of experience in climate policy, both in the European Parliament and in all UN Climate Summits - from Copenhagen via Paris to Katowice. I spoke with Al Gore in Berlin, gave advice on the ground breaking Dutch climate law.

I am ready to call out my opponents. It is time to deliver on climate policy.

With great pride I have been part of recent electoral successes of GroenLinks, of my dear friend and colleague Jesse Klaver. We did that thanks to campaigns where we stuck to our own story. A positive story of change, a story of attacking tax haven Netherlands, a story against the Dutch obsession with austerity. But also a story of pride, a story for a united Europe of tolerance and diversity. In the Netherlands we are now the biggest left wing party because of that.

I am convinced that the Greens have the potential to grow in many more European countries. And I am ready to lead that potential.

CV Bas Eickhout

Education and professional career

Eickhout studied Chemistry and Environmental Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and lives in Utrecht and Brussels. Since 2000 he worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving). He worked on several projects which had to do with international environmental problems, such as climate change, agriculture, land-use and biofuels. He co-authored the IPCC report on climate change which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Price.

EGP Delegate

Eickhout was a Dutch delegate to the European Green Party from 2006 until 2009.

Member of the European Parliament

Since 2009 Bas Eickhout is Member of the European Parliament. He is leader of the Dutch delegation and vice-president of the group of the Greens in the European Parliament.

He is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and a substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Transport and Tourism.

Awards

Eickhout was awarded the first place in the Dutch Sustainable 100 of 2014 for his work to reduce super greenhouse gasses in our refrigerators and air-conditioners.