ZOETERMEER, the Netherlands: The Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture Naktuinbouw today announced the appointment of Ms. Agnes van Ardenne as chairman with effect from 1st January 2017. She succeeds Henk Lange who, after a 30-year career at Naktuinbouw will step down from the board.
Anna Maria Agnes (Agnes) van Ardenne-van der Hoeven was born in Maasland on 21 January 1950. From 1988 to 1994, Ms Van Ardenne was a member of Vlaardingen municipal council, where she represented the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA). From 1990 she also served on the municipal executive, as the alderman for economic affairs.
She was a member of both the CDA’s Foreign Affairs Committee (1986-1996) and the Advisory Council on Peace and Security (1990-1994).
From 1994 to 2002 Ms Van Ardenne was a member of the House of Representatives of the States General and of the North Atlantic Assembly and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
She has also been vice-chair of the development organisation CEBEMO (part of CORDAID), co-founder of a centre for development cooperation in Vlaardingen, chair of the EPP/EUCD Women’s Section and secretary of the Dutch branch of UNICEF.
Ms Van Ardenne-van der Hoeven was Minister for Development Cooperation in the first Balkenende government from 22 July 2002. She was appointed to the same post in the second Balkenende government on 27 May 2003. In the third Balkenende government (July 7 2006 until February 2007) she once again was minister for Development Cooperation.
Between 2011 and 2014, Van Ardenne served as chairman of the Dutch Product Board for Horticulture (Productschap Tuinbouw). She was also a permanent representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the World Food Program and the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome.
Ms. van Ardenne brings to this demanding post a proven ability to manage horticultural affairs in an exemplary manner. In a reaction to Van Ardenne’s appointment editor Ron van der Ploeg from Floraculture International says that Van Ardenne’s appointment is the best news ever. “During the years that she served as minister, I had the pleasure to get to know her better. In 2003, she accepted my invitation to act as guest editor of a Dutch business magazine for floriculture. As a daughter from a carnation grower, former CDA’s spokesman for horticulture and former minister for Development Cooperation Van Ardenne knows both the national and international horticulture sector inside out. Van Ardenne shows herself as a strong advocate of globalization and international cooperation and brings with her a wealth of experience, expertise and community involvement that is difficult to match. Moreover, she simply is a very committed and kind person”, Van der Ploeg said.