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 9 August 2017, the leaders of VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie will continue their preliminary talks aimed at forming a coalition government in the Netherlands. These talks will be presided by Informateur Gerrit Zalm. The four parties met for the last time on Wednesday 19 July, ahead of a three-week break.
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.
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.