After the Dutch cabinet gave its approval to a controversial half-billion euro plan to shut parliamentary buildings for 5.5 years for renovations, representatives of shopkeepers, hotel and catering, and museums all sounded alarm bells. Construction work could begin in 2020 effectively shutting down the Binnenhof parliament sqare.
The Eerste Kamer, Dutch Senate, is very much against the idea of the entire Binnehof in The Hague shutting down for 5.5 years so that renovations can be done.
The whole Binnenhof will be closing for 5.5 years from 2020 for thorough renovations. The alternative plan of a phased renovation, that would take 13 years and be much more expensive, disappeared from the table over the past few weeks.
The best option for the necessary renovation of the Binnenhof is to close the whole complex for 5.5 years and temporarily move the parliament. This option will cost between 500 and 600 million euros
On Tuesday the Senate approved the agreement that will allow the transfer of 242 Norwegian prisoners to the Norgerhaven location of the penitentiary institution in Veerhuizen. The first Norwegian prisoners are expected to arrive in September.
The plan to have prisoners pay 16 euros per day for their incarceration, will very likely not go through. The plan does not have enough support in the Eerste Kamer, Senate.
The Cabinet may be able to count on the D66's support in the Eerste Kamer, Senate, on important issues such as the tax reform.
PVV State members in at lest 9 provinces did not vote for their leader for the Senate, Marjolein Faber, in the Senate elections on Tuesday.
With the selection of a new Senate on Tuesday, the Cabinet will very likely need the support of opposition parties to get new plans through the Senate more than ever. The CDA and D66 may be willing to give this support, but only if Prime Minister Mark Rutte meets their conditions.
The Provincial Council will be electing a new Senate today. This may be a stressful day for Prime Minister Mark Rutte as it is expected that the coalition will lose its majority in the Eerste Kamer with this election.
D66 parliamentarian Gerard Schouw is leaving politics after 25 years of being active for the D66. From August 1st this year he will be the CEO of Nefarma, the Dutch Association for Innovative Medicines, the party announced on their website.
The Cabinet wants to introduce a limited burqa ban which would make the face covering forbidden in public transport, education, healthcare and government buildings. The council of ministers will soon discuss this proposal put forward by Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs, sources close to the proposal told RTL Nieuws.
Ruling Dutch party VVD is continuing to poll stronger after a tough election night where the conservative party lost 23 provincial council seats. The election night loss is expected to lead to three lost senate seats for the VVD.
44 percent of people who voted for the PvdA in the 2012 parliamentary elections, think that party leader Diederik Samsom should step down. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher are the two most popular candidates for his successor.
With more than 97 percent of the votes counted last night, it seems very likely that the Cabinet will need the help of another party in the Eerste Kamer (Senate). The projected results of the Provincial Elections 2015 stand as follows:
A drop-off of four seats in the Eerste Kamer for the VVD is a challenge to party leader Prime Minister Mark Rutter. He is optimistic that the current VVD-Labour government coalition will continue, he said Wednesday night.
As election day rolled on into Wednesday night, political leaders in the Netherlands came out of the woodwork to address their parties and give their reactions to early exit polling. The polls showed drops in support for the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, as well as a surprise slide for anti-Islam PVV, with significant gains for D66, and more modest gains for the SP and the conservative Christian alliance CU/SGP.
The second exit poll from statistics firm Ipsos with broadcast partner NOS shows a slightly bigger drop in support for anti-Islam party PVV than predicted earlier. An estimated 49 percent of voters cast a ballot in the provincial election, which directly leads to the make-up of the Dutch senate, or Eerste Kamer.
Ruling coalition party VVD is expected to lose four of its 16 senate seats, and coalition partner PvdA will likely lose six of its 14 seats, according to exit polling conducted by Ipsos and broadcast on NOS. The two parties hold a thin majority in the Tweede Kamer lower house of parliament, and would now need committed legislative partners to carry 33 seats in the Eerste Kamer upper house.
Five leading political parties in the Netherlands are within the margin of error in polls on provincial elections scheduled for Wednesday, according to political poll analysis website Peilingwijzer. The outcome of the elections will determine the allocation of seats in the Eerste Kamer, the upper house of Dutch parliament.
There have been 675 instances of Dutch Senate members voting on issues that involved a potential conflict of interest, writes Volkskrant. External affiliations of senators are raising concerns about potential compromising of their voting decisions.
When three art students decide to prank the Netherlands by jokingly offer residents the chance to trade their votes in the upcoming provincial election for physical goods, they were surprised by the number of people who actually took up the offer. People using their RuilJeStempas (literally, “trade your vote”) Facebook page offered up their votes an Apple iPhone charger, pieces of fruit, and cheap household goods, Asja Keeman tells NL Times.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) is not happy with the fact that some opposition parties are ignoring his call to work with the Cabinet after next week's provincial elections, Trouw reports.