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 the afternoon of Tuesday, 6 June 2017, Informateur Herman Tjeenk Willink held discussions with party leaders Mark Rutte (VVD), Sybrand van Haersma Buma (CDA) and Alexander Pechtold (D66) regarding continuing the process of forming a new government. The meeting was held in the Stadholder’s Room in the House of Representatives. Earlier in the day, the Informateur held discussions with Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) and Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie).
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.
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.
How secure are the elections for the House of Representatives, to be held on 15 March 2017? Can hackers manipulate the elections? Does fake news pose a threat to democracy? On 9 February 2017 the standing committee on the Interior had a debate about these issues with Mr Ronald Plasterk, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.