Internal EU Council Documents often wrongly undisclosed5 April 2017
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).
Rapporteurs present recommendations regarding Brexit29 March 2017
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).
House of Representatives appoints Edith Schippers as informateur for 2017 Cabinet formation28 March 2017
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.
President of the House of Representatives receives scout's report27 March 2017
On 27 March, the President of the House of Representatives, Khadija Arib, received the report of scout Edith Schippers.
New House of Representatives23 March 2017
On March 23, the new House of Representatives was sworn in. All 150 MP's took either the oath or the affirmation.
Edith Schippers appointed as 'scout' for formation of new Cabinet 201716 March 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).
Debate about Europe14 February 2017
National level where possible, European level where necessary. That is the Cabinet's stance on European cooperation. On Thursday 9 february 2017 the House of Representatives had a debate with Foreign Minister Mr Bert Koenders and Prime Minister Mr Mark Rutte about the State of the European Union. Dutch members of the European Parliament also took the floor in this annual debate in the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives.
MP's gather information about Brexit in London8 February 2017
What impact will Brexit, the UK's exit from the European Union, have on the Netherlands? The standing committee on European affairs want to get a clear picture of this. That is why on Monday 6 February 2017 a delegation of the committee visited London. The programme included talks with representatives from international think tanks, British parliamentarians and the Minster of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Mr David Jones.
European priorities for 20173 January 2017
Which issues will the European Commission focus on in 2017? Which of these priorities will be given special attention by the House of Representatives? On Tuesday 20 December 2016, the House drew up it annual list of European priorities, by means of a vote in the Plenary Hall.
Parliamentary committee of inquiry into Tax structures is set to work21 December 2016
The House of Representatives will conduct its very first parliamentary interrogation, a recently introduced shortened parliamentary inquiry. On Wednesday 14 December 2016 the Parliamentary committee of inquiry into Tax structures designated Mr Ed Groot to chair the committee.