• 'Need for Monitor on Welfare on annual basis'

    20 April 2016

    The issue of welfare in a broad sense deserves greater attention in the political debate. That is why the Temporary Committee on a Broad Definition of Welfare recommends that the Cabinet ask Statistics Netherlands to publish a Monitor on Welfare on an annual basis. On Wednesday 20 April 2016 the Committee presented the report Mapping Welfare.

  • Dutch MPs to visit Ukraine

    18 March 2016

    Members of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs will pay a visit to Ukraine from Sunday 20 March unit Tuesday 22 March. In The Ukrainian capital Kiev they will hold talks about the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine with members of the Ukrainian parliament and representatives of the Government.

  • Conference on human trafficking in the digital age

    14 March 2016

    Members of Parliament from the EU Member States gathered on 14 March in the Hall of Knights for the third interparliamentary conference organised by the States General as part of the Dutch EU Presidency. The focus of this conference was the question of what the influence is of continuing digitisation – has the internet changed patterns in human trafficking, and how can we use internet to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators? During the conference, attention was also drawn to the problem of migration which is currently a very hot issue among politicians and the general public.

  • Videoconference with experts on MH17 (with reports)

    28 January 2016

    On Thursday 28 January the House of Representatives held a public hearing and a videoconference on the Dutch Safety board's MH17 investigation report. Several international civil aviation experts were heard.

  • Khadija Arib elected Speaker of the House

    27 January 2016

    On 13 January, ms. Khadija Arib (PvdA) was elected the new Speaker of the House

  • Round-table discussion on MH17

    20 January 2016

    On Friday 22 January the House of Representatives hold round-table discussions on the MH17 disaster. These round table-discussions focus on the Cabinet response to the investigation reports about the plane, which was downed by a missile.

  • European Commission to visit the States General on 7 January 2016

    7 January 2016

    On 7 January 2016, the Dutch parliament will meet the European Commission. The meeting is taking place against the backdrop of the Dutch EU Presidency in the first six months of 2016.

  • Ms Anouchka van Miltenburg, Speaker of the House resigns

    12 December 2015

    Following the strong statements by the Oosting Committee and the continuing publicity regarding Ms van Miltenburg personally, Ms van Miltenburg has decided to resign from her position, effective immediately. Ms van Miltenburg will remain as Member of Parliament for the VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy).

  • The Parliamentary dimension of the Netherlands EU Presidency

    27 November 2015

    From January to June 2016 the Netherlands will hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The States-General will play a major role during this Presidency. In a press conference on Tuesday 24 November, the President of the Senate, Ankie Broekers-Knol, and her House of Representatives counterpart, Anouchka van Miltenburg, announced the conference dates and programmes.

  • Debate about the Paris attacks

    27 November 2015

    On Thursday 19 November 2015, the House had a debate about the Paris attacks. The spokespersons of the parliamentary groups wanted to hear from Prime Minister Mark Rutte, minister Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice) and minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs and Employment) what the consequences of the violence in the French capital are for the policy of the Dutch Government.

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