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Parties want to force a formation debate with a ‘large minority’

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With a “large minority” of fifty members, it should be possible to force a debate about the cabinet formation. The coalition keeps blocking a debate, so according to MP Pieter Omtzigt and the parties Volt and JA21, an interim solution must be included in the Rules of Procedure, which contain the meeting rules of the House of Representatives.

Specifically for a debate on the cabinet formation, only 50 members would be needed, the parties propose. The parties find this essential, especially now that this and the previous cabinet formation took a very long time.

Part of the opposition has long been asking for a debate with the informants about the progress of the formation. Chamber President Vera Bergkamp has also repeatedly urged the informants for an update on the negotiations between VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie about a coalition agreement. On Thursday, informants Johan Remkes and Wouter Koolmees wrote in a note that the negotiations are now “well advanced”. “After next week we will inform the House again”.

“This is very, very scanty,” Omtzigt responded to the letter. He is disappointed that “the negotiating majority” always prevents a debate about the formation. A majority is required for a regular debate. “This actually erodes the controlling function of the minority. That is why we are submitting the proposal today to restore that,” says the MP.

According to Volt leader Laurens Dassen, it is “part of democratic control” to be able to demand a debate with a minority, especially now that the formation is taking so long. “We see that everyone gets information about the formation except the House of Representatives itself,” he says. “Nowadays, a train passenger has a greater chance of receiving information about the formation than a member of parliament,” adds Joost Eerdmans of JA21. “It is high time the House took back control!”

In the existing rules there is already the possibility to request a debate with the support of thirty members (out of 150). But such a thirty-member debate is often scheduled much later in the already overcrowded debate agenda by the day-to-day management of the House. The petitioners also call for a minimum of fifty to prevent a small part of the opposition from taking the opportunity to request a debate every day. Informants and negotiating parties do benefit from some peace of mind, the parties say.



Parties want to force a formation debate with a ‘large minority’
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