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?
National level where possible, European level where necessary. That is the Cabinet's stance on European cooperation. On Thursday 9 february 2017 the House of Representatives had a debate with Foreign Minister Mr Bert Koenders and Prime Minister Mr Mark Rutte about the State of the European Union. Dutch members of the European Parliament also took the floor in this annual debate in the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday 24 January 2017, the standing committee on Health, Welfare and Sport had a debate with Ms Edith Schippers, minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, about mental health care and confused people. Among other things the debate was about the so-called "Transition Team Confused People" and the mental health care waiting lists.
On Wednesday 18 January 2017 the standing committee on Infrastructure and the Environment had a debate with Ms Melanie Schulz, minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, about road traffic and road safety. Items on the agenda included the number of road casualties and the use of speed pedelecs (high-speed electric bikes).
On Thursday 19 January 2017, the standing committee on Infrastructure and the Environment had a debate with Ms Melanie Schultz, minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Ms Sharon Dijksma, state secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, about diesel fraud.
On Wednesday 15 March 2017 elections for the House of Representatives will be held in the Netherlands. On that day the voters decide 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.