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Local and regional democracy in the Netherlands

The Congress has examined a report of the situation of local and regional democracy in the Netherlands, following a monitoring visit to the country from 14 to 16 May 2013 by Congress rapporteurs Artur Torres Pereira (Portugal, L, EPP/CCE) and Jean-Pierre Liouville (France, R, SOC).

In the text adopted on 26 March 2014, which made a positive assessment on the whole, the Congress recommends that the Netherlands authorities define the principle of local and regional self-government in domestic legislation and, as far as possible, in the Constitution, reinforce the “autonomous” and “proper” competences of municipalities and provinces, and strengthen the mechanism of consultation between central government and the municipal and provincial authorities. The Netherlands authorities are also invited to amend the law on municipal and provincial finances and improve local taxation to guarantee local authorities greater autonomy.


The adopted recommendations are transmitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which may decide to transmit them to the authorities of the country concerned, in order that they may take the texts into consideration. National authorities and the Congress may then decide to continue their political dialogue initiated during the monitoring process, to guide the implementation of these recommendations on the basis of a jointly-developed roadmap. This second stage is the post-monitoring phase, based primarily on the development of this political dialogue.

Press release
Recommendation 357 (2014)



The Dutch delegation to the Congress comprises 7 representatives and 7 substitutes. It is headed by Amy KOOPMANSCHAP (SOC).
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