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 Thursday, 19 April 2018, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited The Hague. The president of the House of Representatives, Ms Khadija Arib, and the president of the Senate, Ms Ankie Broekers-Knol, received him in the historical Stadholder's Room in the building of the House of Representatives. Mr Stoltenberg also met with members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence committees of both chambers.
On Monday 4 December 2017, the standing committee on Foreign Affairs had a debate with Mr Halbe Zijlstra, minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, minister of Defense, and Ms Sigrid Kaag, minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, about the cabinet's decision to continue the Dutch contribution to the missions in Mali and Afghanistan.
The election of a new House of Representatives is followed by the formation of a new Cabinet, which is a complex and exciting process. As from 2012, the House itself takes the initiative in the formation of a new Cabinet. Before 2012, the King played an important formal role in the formation process. The formation talks will be held in the Stadholder's Room in the building of the House of Representatives.
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.