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 afternoon, 9 January 2018, members of the standing committee on European Affairs had a meeting with Michel Barnier. This Frenchman is the chief Brexit negotiatior on behalf of the European Commission. The MPs discussed with him the progress in the negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
The election of a new House of Representatives is followed by the formation of a new Cabinet, which is a complex and exciting process. As from 2012, the House itself takes the initiative in the formation of a new Cabinet. Before 2012, the King played an important formal role in the formation process. The formation talks will be held in the Stadholder's Room in the building of the House of Representatives.
Tuesday 19 September is Prince's Day in the Netherlands. On that day the government presents its plans for 2018. King Willem-Alexander arrives at the the Hall of Knights, near the building of the House of Representatives, where he delivers the Speech from the Throne on behalf of the government. Later that day, Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, minister of Finance, presents the Budget memorandum and the National Budget to the House of Representatives.
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.