Senate

Shipyard
Feb 23 '18 17:45

In the future security guards on Dutch ships sailing through areas where piracy is prevalent may keep their own weapons and use them when necessary. A legislative proposal from VVD and CDA that regulates this has now won over a majority in the lower house of Dutch parliament after coalition party Christenunie signed on. The centrist Christian party joined after an amendment was introduced to maintain camera surveillance on board , according to newspaper AD which believes there is majority support in the upper house as well.

Jan 18 '17 08:55

King Willem-Alexander emphasized the importance of cooperating with NATO, the United Nations and Europe in his traditional New Year's speech on Tuesday. According to him, "a highly developed country like the Netherlands can not be indifferent to developments in the wider world", AD reports. 

Peace, freedom, stability and prosperity don't just happen, the King said. "Without our international partners it is simply impossible. It is therefore good if our voice continues to be heard in Europe, the UN, NATO and everywhere people think past their borders." 

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Oct 12 '16 10:34

The Dutch senate is voting on how and to what extent European rules on net neutrality will be implemented in the Netherlands. The government wants positive price discrimination - by offering certain services outside data bundle capacity, for example - to remain illegal in the Netherlands. But the European rules allow this

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Sep 14 '16 09:51

On Tuesday the Dutch lower house of parliament voted in a new law on organ donation with an extremely close 75 votes for and 74 votes against. PvdD parliamentarian Frank Wassengberg planned to vote against, but arrived too late for the vote. If he'd been on time, there would have been an equal number of for and against votes and the bill would not have passed.

Jun 2 '16 09:45

Renovation plans for the Binnenhof in the Hague, where many of the Netherlands political buildings are located, is leading to disagreement between the Eerste Kamer (Senate) and Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament)

Apr 14 '16 13:55

The Dutch government may be forced by the Senate to remove its signature from the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. The governing coalition of VVD and PvdA do not have a majority in the Senate, and all other parties seem set to vote for withdrawal from the deal. Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated that the cabinet will make a decision on what to do about the deal in June

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Feb 17 '16 11:29

A majority in the Dutch Senate voted for the abolition of the treaty with Morocco on the payment of Dutch benefits to people in the country

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Feb 8 '16 07:46

Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs is leaving politics after the next parliamentary election scheduled for March 2017. He no longer wants to be a minister and he will not be returning to parliament, a spokesperson confirmed to NU after Kamp announced his departure on political talk show Politiek in de Pol.

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Dec 23 '15 09:41

The Energy bill was rejected with just one vote in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, on Tuesday. The smallest possible majority of 38 senators voted against Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp's law, which was to regulate offshore wind farms and the unbundling of energy companies. 37 senators voted for

Dec 23 '15 09:10

The governments 5 billion euros tax plan survived the Eerste Kamer, Senate, on Tuesday and will be implemented in 2016

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Dec 9 '15 12:23

The SP launched a hotline where people can report buying concert tickets from resellers for much more than they were sold for in the sale price.

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Dec 8 '15 11:57

The cabinet managed to convince opposition party D66 to support their tax plan. The D66's support pushes the plan for 5 billion euros in tax cuts and majority over the line for a majority in Senate. Christian party CDA already promised support for the plan.

Nov 17 '15 10:28

There seems to be little support for the Dutch cabinet's plan for 5 billion euros in tax breaks for citizens and businesses. Opposition party D66 already announced that the party will be voting against the plan,

The Binnenhof
Oct 30 '15 11:35

The Parliament buildings around the Binnenhof in The Hague are a fire hazard. Bundles of cables and crowded ducts are concealed in the ceiling and the power lines and water pipes are located very close together.

Mark Rutte
Oct 16 '15 15:12

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be giving a speech on Friday at the special joint assembly of the Dutch Senate and lower house of parliament in The Hague. This special meeting was arranged as part of the celebrations to celebrate parliament's 200th anniversary.

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Oct 14 '15 10:44

The vast majority of the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, is demanding that the cabinet increases the budget for Security and Justice.

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Oct 12 '15 15:00

Municipalities should have the capability to deny house seekers with a history of crime, causing serious disturbances or recruiting for extremist organizations access from certain rental housing in areas with livability problems.

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Oct 7 '15 09:19

Senate has pushed for an amendment to the bill regulating the recognition of foreign marriages to young girls in the Netherlands as a priority this past Tuesday. The new law not only regulates the prevention of child brides from abroad, it also aims to limit marriages between first cousins.

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Oct 1 '15 09:50

Members of Parliament in the Tweede Kamer, the lower House of Dutch Parliament, have appealed to their colleagues in the upper house to quickly address the issue of age limits for marriages abroad with regard to their recognition in the Netherlands. The issue grew in urgency in the Netherlands as reports surfaced about child brides as young as 13 being among a group of potential asylum seekers wanting refuge in the northern European nation.

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Sep 22 '15 12:55

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 Binnenhof
Sep 22 '15 09:06

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 Binnenhof
Jul 6 '15 13:35

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

Prison Cells
Jul 1 '15 13:00

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.

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Jun 22 '15 07:56

GroenLinks is against the part of the Cabinet's tax reform plan that would increase the value added tax from 6 percent to 21 percent. This means that the plan may not get the necessary support in the Senate.

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