Farmer–Citizen Movement

Farmer–Citizen Movement

ChairpersonCaroline van der Plas
FounderCaroline van der Plas
Founded1 October 2019; 20 months ago (2019-10-01)
HeadquartersGroningerstraat 21,
Food politics[2]
Rural development[3]
Political positionCentre-right[4]
Colours Green
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The Farmer–Citizen Movement (Dutch: BoerBurgerBeweging, BBB) is an agrarian political party in the Netherlands.[5] It is headquartered in Deventer, Overijssel. The current party leader is Caroline van der Plas, who founded it in 2019.[6]


The Farmer–Citizen Movement was founded in October 2019 by journalist Caroline van der Plas, in response to the widespread farmers protests that had taken place earlier that month.[7] On 17 October 2020, Van der Plas was unanimously chosen as the party's lijsttrekker.[8] It won one seat at the 2021 general election.[7]


In the 2021 Dutch general election, the Farmer–Citizen Movement focused its campaign on issues important to rural and agrarian voters, including pledges for a "Ministry of the Countryside" located at least 100 kilometers from The Hague, and a removal of the ban on neonicotinoids.[9] The party called for a Right to Agriculture Act which would allow for farmers to have more say on agricultural expansion matters. This was in response to local opposition to pig and goat farms for public health, environmental and agricultural concerns.

Caroline van der Plas has stated that the Party for the Animals and Wakker Dier are two of the party's biggest rivals, and the party uses its social media to provide the alternative perspective to be heard.[10]

Electoral results

House of Representatives

Election Lijsttrekker Votes % Seats +/– Government
2021 Caroline van der Plas 104.319 1.00 (#16)
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See also


  1. ^ https://www.kiesraad.nl/verkiezingen/tweede-kamer/partijnamen-en-logos/register Register
  2. ^ Kieskamp, Wilma (14 August 2019). "Nieuwe partij voor boeren mikt op twee Kamerzetels". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  3. ^ "BBB Kandidaten Flyer Caroline van der Plas" (PDF). BoerBurgerBeweging (in Dutch). October 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  4. ^ Marijnissen, Hans (12 December 2019). "De partij voor de boer wil niet op de LPF of Forum gaan lijken". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  5. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2021). "Netherlands". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Bestuur BoerBurgerBeweging". BoerBurgerBeweging (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  7. ^ a b "BBB partijgeschiedenis". Documentatiecentrum Nederlandse Politieke Partijen (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Kandidaat-Kamerleden BBB". BoerBurgerBeweging (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  9. ^ Buning, Stefan. "Caroline van der Plas gekozen als lijsttrekker BoerBurgerBeweging". Agraaf. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ Willems, Ingrid (27 December 2019). "Caroline van der Plas (52) uit Deventer verloor haar man, als frontvrouw van de boeren jeuken haar handen". De Stentor. Retrieved 24 March 2021.

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