President of the House of Representatives (Netherlands)
|President of the House of Representatives of the
Voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal
Coat of arms of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
|Inaugural holder||Jan Elias Nicolaas van Lynden van Hoevelaken|
|Formation||21 September 1815|
|Website||President of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands|
The President of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (Dutch: Voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal) is one of the 150 members of the House of Representatives and is elected to lead the meetings of the House. Also he or she is chairman of the Presidium of the House and the Commission for the method.
In addition to the duties and responsibilities of an ordinary Member of the House of Representatives, the President of the House of diverse tasks. First, he or she leads the meetings of the House. This means that the President opens and closes the meetings and at meetings determines who speaks. The members of the House and the ministers and state secretaries never speak directly against each other but always through the President. One reason for this is that it theoretically impossible to be angry at the person with whom one is in debate. One finally speaks against the President who is impartial.
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Like all other members of the House the President also takes part in the voting in the House. Besides leading the meetings the President represents the House as a whole, such as ceremonies and visits by foreign heads of state. As chairman of the Presidium he or she plays also a role in determining the budget of the House, setting the agenda of the House and the appointment of the staff of the House. The President is supported in his or her duties by a team of Vice Presidents, divided into a First Vice President, Second Vice President etc., which also are members of the House. In the event that the President is unable to lead a meeting (the President is absent or takes part in the debate itself) the meeting is chaired by the First Vice President.
The President has a seat with a backrest that is higher than the other seats in the House.
- List of Presidents of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
- President of the Senate of the Netherlands
- (Dutch) Van Miltenburg nieuwe voorzitter, NOS, 25 September 2012
- (Dutch) Official website