5 October: Speaker of the House receives new Informateurs

On Tuesday October 5, mw. Vera Bergkamp receveid the newly appointed informateurs, Wouter Koolmees (D66) and Johan Remkes (VVD). They were appointed by the House during the debate on mr. Remkes' final  report, on Tuesday October 5. The Speaker handed them the official commission. 

30 September: Informateur Remkes brings out his final report

Informateur Johan Remkes presented his final report to Speaker of the House Vera Bergkamp on 30 September 2021. It was also sent to the MPs. Remkes subsequently held a press conference in the House of Representatives’ Enquêtezaal.

8 September: Informateur Remkes received in the House

On 8 September, informateur Remkes was received in the House and given his commission by Speaker Vera Bergkamp.

Speaker Vera Bergkamp received the new informateur Johan Remkes and handed him his commission. Remkes was appointed informateur during the debate on the formation on Tuesday, 7 September. The House passed a motion to this end by VVD leader Mark Rutte. The previous informateur, Mariëtte Hamer, presented her final report to Speaker Bergkamp on 2 September. 

2 September: Informateur Hamer brings out her final report and holds press conference

On Thursday, 2 September, Speaker Vera Bergkamp accepted the final report of informateur Mariëtte Hamer. This took place in the Stadholder’s Room in the parliamentary complex at the Binnenhof. Informateur Hamer presented her final report to the press in the Former Plenary Hall of the parliamentary complex at the Binnenhof. 

24 June: Visit to the King

Speaker Vera Bergkamp was received by the King at Huis ten Bosch Palace. She informed the King of the outcome of the parliamentary debate of 23 June regarding the informateur’s final report and the adopted motion to reappoint Mariëtte Hamer as informateur.

23 June: Informateur Hamer given new commission

On 23 June, Speaker Vera Bergkamp handed a new fact-finding commission to Mariëtte Hamer. This commission states that the informateur will ask the parliamentary leaders of VVD and D66 to write an outline document ‘to enable coalition negotiations aimed at forming a majority coalition’. The commission is the result of a motion by parliamentary leaders Rutte (VVD) and Kaag (D66), which the House adopted during the debate on Hamer’s final report.

22 June: Informateur Hamer’s final report

On 22 June, Speaker Vera Bergkamp accepted the final report of informateur Mariëtte Hamer. The informateur then presented the report at a press conference. Read the informateur’s final report.

12 May: Mariëtte Hamer appointed new informateur

On 12 May, the House appointed Mariëtte Hamer as the new informateur during the debate on Herman Tjeenk Willink’s final report. The adopted motion by Sigrid Kaag (D66) and Mark Rutte (VVD) instructs the new informateur to investigate which parties are prepared to negotiate a coalition agreement with each other, based on the contours of the policy to be pursued as examined by the informateur. Hamer must submit her report by 6 June. 

30 April: Informateur Tjeenk Willink’s final report

On 30 April, Speaker Vera Bergkamp accepted the final report of informateur Herman Tjeenk Willink. The report presents his findings regarding the information he gathered in just over three weeks. The House will debate the report on Wednesday 12 May. 

12 April: Preliminary meeting with informateur Tjeenk Willink

On Monday 12 April, Speaker Vera Bergkamp held a preliminary meeting with informateur Herman Tjeenk Willink. It had already been agreed that Tjeenk Willink will report to the House of Representatives no later than three weeks after his appointment as informateur on 6 April.

6 April: Informateur appointed

On Tuesday morning, 6 April, the Speaker of the House received the parliamentary leaders to discuss the appointment of an informateur and the commission that could be given to this person. A debate was held later in the day, during which the House appointed Herman Tjeenk Willink as informateur. The former politician is to hold talks with the parliamentary groups to explore ways of forming a cabinet. He was given his commission by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib. 

Formation process: March 18 - April 1 2021

1 April: Explorers present documents

At the request of the House of Representatives, the explorers presented a number of documents they have been working on. In the ensuing debate, the House decided to end the assignment of the explorers. Van Ark and Koolmees did not bring out a report to the House. 

26 March: Letter from the Speaker to Annemarie Jorritsma and Kajsa Ollongren

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib has sent a letter to Annemarie Jorritsma and Kajsa Ollongren, the previously appointed explorers. Read the letter here. 

25 March: New explorers appointed

Tamara van Ark (VVD) and Wouter Koolmees (D66) are to investigate the possibilities for a coalition. They were give this assignment by Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib. It had become clear earlier that day that the previously appointed explorers, Annemarie Jorritsma (VVD) and Kajsa Ollongren (D66), were to end their work.

18 March: First steps in the formation

The explorers, Annemarie Jorritsma and Kajsa Ollongren, will report to the House on their discussions with the various parliamentary groups about possible coalitions no later than 30 March. They agreed this with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib. The two explorers were appointed by the provisionally elected parliamentary leaders on 18 March, the day after the elections. Annemarie Jorritsma is the parliamentary leader of the VVD in the Senate. Kajsa Ollongren is the outgoing deputy prime minister and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations for D66.