Ministry of General Affairs (Netherlands)
|Ministerie van Algemene Zaken|
Coat of arms of the Netherlands
Ministry of General Affairs
|Formed||July 3, 1937|
|Jurisdiction||Kingdom of the Netherlands|
|Headquarters||Binnenhof 19, The Hague, Netherlands|
|Annual budget||€2,0 million (2013)|
|Minister responsible||Mark Rutte, Minister of General Affairs
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
|Website||Ministry of General Affairs|
The Ministry of General Affairs (Dutch: Ministerie van Algemene Zaken; AZ) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for Government policy, Planning, Information and the Dutch royal house. The Ministry was created in 1937 and dissolved in 1945. In 1947 however it was reinstated by Prime Minister Louis Beel. The Ministry remained small until 1967 when it was greatly expanded by Prime Minister Piet de Jong. After the premiership of Piet de Jong the Ministry of General Affairs continued to expand till the present day. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of General Affairs who is also the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, currently Mark Rutte.
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It is comparable to the German Chancellery, British Cabinet Office, and the American Executive Office of the President, although its designation as "Ministry" emphasises the role of Prime Minister of the Netherlands as Primus inter pares among the ministers of the government.
The ministry has three responsibilities: namely coordination of government policy, the Dutch Royal House and government communication on the Royal house and government policy. The ministry also houses the secretariat of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. The main office of the ministry is located in the Binnenhof, the political centre of the Netherlands. With only about 400 employees this ministry is by far the smallest ministry in the Netherlands.
The most important divisions of the Ministry of General Affairs are:
- The Office of the Prime Minister ("Het Kabinet van de Minister-President").
- The Netherlands Government Information Service ("Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst" or "RVD").
The following are also part of the Ministry, but operate relatively independent of the Prime Minister:
- The Scientific Council for Government Policy ("Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid" or "WRR").
- The Commission of Dutch Intelligence Services ("Commissie van Toezicht op de Inlichtingen en Veiligheidsdiensten").
List of Ministers of General Affairs
For a list of the Ministers of General Affairs, see List of Prime Ministers of the Netherlands.
- (Dutch) III Algemene zaken, Rijksoverheid, September 18, 2012
- (Dutch) Ministerie van Algemene Zaken (Rijksoverheid)