Carola Schouten
Vicepremier Carola Schouten (cropped).jpg
Schouten in 2017
Third Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
(Deputy PM)
Minister for Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions
Assumed office
10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byDennis Wiersma
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
In office
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byHenk Kamp
(as Minister of Economic Affairs)
Succeeded byHenk Staghouwer
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
31 March 2021
Preceded byStieneke van der Graaf
In office
18 May 2011 – 26 October 2017
Preceded byAndré Rouvoet
Succeeded byStieneke van der Graaf
Personal details
Cornelia Johanna Schouten

(1977-10-06) 6 October 1977 (age 44)
's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Union
Residence(s)Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam
(Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant
WebsiteMinister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Cornelia Johanna "Carola" Schouten (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 2017-2022. She is a member of the Christian Union (CU).[1]

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[2] (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.

Political career

Schouten became a member of the House of Representatives in 2011 upon the resignation of former Deputy Prime Minister André Rouvoet.[3] In parliament, she served as her group’s spokesperson on financial policy.[4]

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.[5] From 2021, she led efforts on legislation on reducing damaging ammonia pollution.[6]

Personal life

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.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ "Vicepremier Carola Schouten (CU) heeft haar wortels in het boerenbedrijf" (in Dutch). NOS Nieuws. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ Ze schreeuwen het niet van de daken, maar Waardhuizen is trots op vice-premier Carola Schouten, Brabants Dagblad, 23 October 2017
  3. ^ Drs. C.J. (Carola) Schouten,
  4. ^ Matt Steinglass (15 May 2013), Dutch uproar over Bulgarian benefit fraud Financial Policy.
  5. ^ Sophie Kevany (3 December 2020), England and Wales to ban live animal exports in European first The Guardian.
  6. ^ Senay Boztas (9 September 2021), Netherlands proposes radical plans to cut livestock numbers by almost a third The Guardian.
  7. ^ Municipal council of Altena
  8. ^ De minister die in Brabant campagne komt voeren voor haar jongere zus: 'Heel speciaal', Omroep Brabant, 18 November 2018

Political offices Preceded byLodewijk Asscher Deputy Prime Minister 2017–present Served alongside: Hugo de JongeKajsa Ollongren (2017–2019; 2020–present)Wouter Koolmees (2019–2020) Incumbent Preceded byHenk Kampas Minister of Economic Affairs Minister of Agriculture,Nature and Food Quality 2017–present