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|Third Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
26 October 2017
|Minister for Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions
10 January 2022
|Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
(as Minister of Economic Affairs)
|Member of the House of Representatives
31 March 2021 – 18 January 2022
|Stieneke van der Graaf
18 May 2011 – 26 October 2017
|Stieneke van der Graaf
Cornelia Johanna Schouten
6 October 1977
's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands
|Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
|Erasmus University Rotterdam
(Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration)
|Politician · Civil servant
|Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Cornelia Johanna "Carola" Schouten (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˈroːlaː ˈsxʌutə(n)]; born 6 October 1977) is a Dutch politician serving as third Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister for Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions in the IV Rutte Cabinet since 10 January 2022. She has served as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Third Rutte cabinet from 2017 to 2022. She is a member of the Christian Union (CU).
Early life and education
A native of 's-Hertogenbosch, Schouten grew up in Waardhuizen, managing her deceased father's dairy farm with her mother and her two sisters for four years, after which time the family ended the farming activities and moved to neighbouring village of Giessen (Waardhuizen and Giessen are nowadays located in the new municipality of Altena).
She attended Altena College in Sleeuwijk and studied business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a year abroad at Tel Aviv University. Schouten worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment from 2000 to 2006. Subsequently, she was an assistant to the Christian Union parliamentary group, entering into politics.
Schouten became a member of the House of Representatives in 2011 upon the resignation of former Deputy Prime Minister André Rouvoet. In parliament, she served as her group's spokesperson on financial policy.
Schouten and party leader Gert-Jan Segers participated in the negotiations of forming the third government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, which she entered as Deputy Prime Minister. From autumn 2019 she faced farmers' protests because of government's measures involving decreasing the number of livestock. In 2020, Schouten suggested the EU should begin to adjust animal welfare regulations and limit live animal exports. From 2021, she led efforts on legislation on reducing damaging ammonia pollution.
Schouten is single with a child and is a member of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Liberated). She lives in Rotterdam. Her younger sister Marjan van der Meij-Schouten is a member of the municipal council of Altena, like her older sister on behalf of the Christian Union.
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