Better Regulation in Europe: Netherlands 2010

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This report maps and analyses the core issues which together make up effective regulatory management for the Netherlands, laying down a framework of what should be driving regulatory policy and reform in the future. Issues examined include: strategy and policies for improving regulatory management; institutional capacities for effective regulation and the broader policy making context; transparency and processes for effective public consultation and communication; processes for the development of new regulations, including impact assessment and for the management of the regulatory stock, including administrative burdens; compliance rates, enforcement policy and appeal processes; and the multilevel dimension: interface between different levels of government and interface between national processes and those of the EU. This book is part of a project examining better regulation, being carried out in partnership with the European Commission.


Annex A

General institutional context for the Dutch policy, law making and law execution process

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, as it is officially known, is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with the monarch as head of state.1 It consists of three countries: Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands. Under the rules laid down in the Constitution, the government, including the Prime Minister, is formed jointly by the monarch and the ministers of the current administration.2 Responsibility for the government’s actions is, however, borne by ministers. The hereditary monarchy operates in conjunction with a democratic parliamentary system, under which Members of the parliament are elected by the people. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but the seat of the head of state and the government is in the Hague. The Dutch Constitution, known as the grondwet (basic law), dates back to 1814, when the Kingdom was established, and has been amended many times since.3 Alongside the grondwet there exists a body of accepted uncodified principles which play an important part in the functioning of the political and judicial system.


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