Date: 8 March 2017
Place: The Ronde Tafel Huis in Tilburg North – Wagnerplein 101
Time: 19:30 (7:30 p.m.)
Register by: 7 March 2017 (registration form below)
Have you noticed the multitude of posters which have sprung up lately in the city? Wonder what they are for? They are posters from Political Parties who are running in the Parliamentary elections in The Netherlands which will take place on March 15th. The second chamber of Parliament has 150 members and there are currently 17 (!) different political parties represented in this Chamber, with the number of seats per party ranging from 1 to 40. The Parliament is the ultimate democratic powerhouse in the Dutch system involved in decision making processes on a wide range of topics. Every Dutch citizen over the age of 18 can vote in these elections! With a new President in America, populist parties all over Europe seem to be on the rise. The Dutch Parliamentary elections are the first of a number of European elections set to take place and interest (and tensions!) are high to see what the results will be.
Now while most of TIC’s members cannot vote, it is still interesting to be aware of this important process going on in The Netherlands. Elections are different in every country and understanding how the process works here will help you to feel more a part of the community. We have planned an interesting meeting for just this purpose!
Our speaker will be Hein van Oorschot, whose former jobs include City Manager in Tilburg and Mayor of Delft. Hein will talk to us about the following topics:
Ø What’s the role of the Houses of Parliament vs. Cabinet and King?
Ø How does the political party system in the Netherlands work?
Ø What are the different Political Parties active in Parliament; which are most important?
Ø How do the elections work?
There will be plenty of time for questions so we hope you will join us to learn about this interesting process here in Tilburg, the 6th largest city in the Netherlands!