Welcome to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. The Dutch Parliament is called the States General. It consists of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. On this website we provide you with information about the House of Representatives. How does it work? Who are its members? How are they elected?
On Tuesday, 10 October 2017, VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristianUnion presented the Coalition Agreement entitled 'Trust in the Future'. Early in the afternoon, the leaders of these four political groups commented on the Coalition Agreement in the Old Plenary Hall, shortly after the presentation by informateur Mr Gerrit Zalm of his final report to the President of the House, Ms Khadija Arib. Earlier that day, the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristianUnion groups in the House agreed to the final version of the Coalition Agreement. On Thursday, 12 October, the House will hold a debate about the final report of informateur Zalm.
On 14 March 2017, on the eve of polling day, Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid a visit to King Willem Alexander to tender the resignation of all the ministers and state secretaries to the King. The Rutte II Cabinet is now a so-called "caretaker Cabinet", until the completion of the formation of a new Cabinet. Five questions and answers about the relation between the House and the Cabinet during the formation process.
Until Friday 16 June, the Parliamentary committee of inquiry into Tax structures will be hearing several experts and people directly involved in the financial sector, among whom the manager of the Rolling Stones and U2. The expert witnesses, 27 in total, will all take the oath or affirmation in the Inquiry Room.
On Wednesday 15 March 2017 elections for the House of Representatives were held in the Netherlands. On that day the voters decided which candidates are to hold one of the 150 blue seats in the House on their behalf for the next four years. MPs scrutinize the work of the Government and they are entitled to make and amend bills.
The European Commission wants to put an end to the mandatory cookie notice on every website. The Commission also wants to impose a ban on the reading of private email messages by internet service providers such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Gmail. On Tuesday 21 February the standing committee on Security and Justice had a debate with Mr Henk Kamp, minister of Economic Affairs, about the new rules for e-privacy.