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?
In what direction should the European Union be heading? Should it strive for more cooperation in more fields? Or should it strive for less cooperation, of more efficiency? What topics should be given priority? Dutch Members of Parliament will discuss these and more issues with a number of experts as well as representatives from EU institutions, such as Mr Frans Timmermans, first Vice-President of the European Commission.
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.
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.