• 20 July 2017

    Dutch coalition talks will resume on 9 August

    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.

  • 14 July 2017

    House of Representatives in summer recess

    Thursday, 6 July, was the last sitting day of the House of Representatives before the summer recess. On that last day, the House often sits late into the night, but this year, due to the ongoing Cabinet formation, the House's schedule was less packed than usual in the weeks before the summer recess. The House is in recess up to and including Monday 4 September. The first plenary sitting after the summer will take place on Tuesday, 5 September. In the meantime, the negotiations on the formation of a new Cabinet will continue, except for a short holiday break.

  • 8 June 2017

    Informateur Tjeenk Willink continues discussions with party leaders

    On the afternoon of Tuesday, 6 June 2017, Informateur Herman Tjeenk Willink held discussions with party leaders Mark Rutte (VVD), Sybrand van Haersma Buma (CDA) and Alexander Pechtold (D66) regarding continuing the process of forming a new government. The meeting was held in the Stadholder’s Room in the House of Representatives. Earlier in the day, the Informateur held discussions with Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) and Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie).

  • 17 May 2017

    House of Representatives reappoints Ms Edith Schippers as informateur

    On Wednesday 17 May 2017, the House of Representatives reappointed Edith Schippers as informateur in the Cabinet formation process, in a debate on the foundered negotiations between the parliamentary groups VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. Schippers was assigned the task to investigate, in the short term, the various possibilities for the formation of a new Cabinet that can rely on a productive co-operation with both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib will inform His Majesty the King on the outcome of the debate.

  • 5 April 2017

    Internal EU Council Documents often wrongly undisclosed

    The rules for non-disclosure of internal documents of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, including documents concerning new European legislation, are contrary to the Lisbon Treaty. That is what the parliamentary counsel concluded in an advice to the House of Representatives. A strong information position for MPs is one of the spearheads of the House of Representatives, hence the House asked the parliamentary counsel to prepare a legal analysis of public access to internal Council documents. This was done on the basis of the findings of the rapporteur on the provision of EU information, Mr Pieter Omtzigt MP (CDA).

  • 29 March 2017

    Rapporteurs present recommendations regarding Brexit

    Guarantee the rights of Dutch citizens in the United Kingdom and preserve the close trading relationship with the United Kingdom. Those are two of a total of five recommendations in the report delivered by Marit Maij (former Member of Parliament for the PvdA) and Pieter Omtzigt (Member of Parliament for the CDA) on Tuesday 21 March 2017 about the intended exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU).

  • 28 March 2017

    House of Representatives appoints Edith Schippers as informateur for 2017 Cabinet formation

    In the plenary debate on the election results held on Tuesday 28 March 2017, the House of Representatives appointed Ms Edith Schippers as informateur, to begin the process of forming a new Cabinet. She has been instructed to investigate whether a stable government of VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks is possible.

  • 27 March 2017

    President of the House of Representatives receives scout's report

    On 27 March, the President of the House of Representatives, Khadija Arib, received the report of scout Edith Schippers.

  • 23 March 2017

    New House of Representatives

    On March 23, the new House of Representatives was sworn in. All 150 MP's took either the oath or the affirmation.

  • 16 March 2017

    Edith Schippers appointed as 'scout' for formation of new Cabinet 2017

    Edith Schippers has been asked to explore the various options for forming a new Cabinet based on the preliminary election result. Edith Schippers has been nominated by the intended chair of the parliamentary group of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

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