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 Wednesday 17 May 2017, the House of Representatives reappointed Edith Schippers as informateur in the Cabinet formation process, in a debate on the foundered negotiations between the parliamentary groups VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. Schippers was assigned the task to investigate, in the short term, the various possibilities for the formation of a new Cabinet that can rely on a productive co-operation with both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib will inform His Majesty the King on the outcome of the debate.
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.