On Thursday, informateur Herman Tjeenk Willink, appointed by the House of Representatives, started the first exploratory talks about the formation of a new cabinet. In doing so, he starts with the smallest parties first and thus works towards the largest parties in sequence. He has made a conscious choice for this, because he hopes for a fresh look, especially for the smallest and also new parties. Friday will be the turn of the 8 largest parties.
Report within three weeks
On April 6, Tjeenk Willink was commissioned to work as an informateur, handed over by the President of the Chamber, Khadija Arib. The House appointed the informateur in a debate. A motion by MP Kaag (D66) to appoint Herman Tjeenk Willink was passed. The motion states that Tjeenk Willink must hold talks with the political groups to explore how the formation of a cabinet can take place. He must report within three weeks.
Minister of State
Herman Tjeenk Willink has been Minister of State since 2012. From 1997 to 2012 he was Vice President of the Council of State. Before that, he was a member of the Senate, Chairman of the Senate and a top civil servant on behalf of the Labor Party. He has also been involved as an informateur in the formation of various cabinets.
On Tuesday morning, April 6, the President of the House received the group chairpersons for a discussion about the profile for an informateur and his possible assignment.
Tjeenk Willink started exploratory talks with the smallest parties
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