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Benelux Parliament

Interparliamentary Benelux Consultative Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
President
Seats49
Meeting place
Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
Website
www.beneluxparl.eu

The Benelux Interparliamentary Consultative Council (known informally as the Benelux Parliament) is one of the institutions of the Benelux economic union. The Parliament was established by an agreement signed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg on 5 November 1955, which means it had already existed for three years when the Benelux Union was signed on 3 February 1958. The Benelux Parliament provides the governments with advice on economic and cross-frontier cooperation. Its recommendations may also concern other matters if common interests or current events so dictate. The parliament also keeps the three governments informed about the opinions that move in the parliamentary assemblies from which its members originate.[1]

Members[edit]

The Benelux Parliament consists of 49 members: 21 Members of Parliament from Belgium, 21 from the Netherlands and seven from Luxembourg. The 21 Belgian members are elected from amongst both Chambers of the Belgian Federal Parliament and by the Parliaments of the Communities and Regions of Belgium. The 21 Dutch members are elected from the Senate and House of Representatives of the States General of the Netherlands. The seven Luxembourg members are elected from amongst the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg. There is also one acting member for each of the 49 members, who can replace that member if necessary.[1]

The members of the Benelux Parliament are divided into three factions. The Christian faction includes members of the CD&V, cdH and N-VA from Belgium, the CDA and CU from the Netherlands, and the CSV from Luxembourg. The socialist faction includes members of the PS, sp.a, Groen and Ecolo from Belgium, the PvdA from the Netherlands, and The Greens, The Left and the LSAP from Luxembourg. The liberal faction includes members of Open Vld and MR from Belgium, the VVD from the Netherlands, and the DP from Luxembourg. Members of the PVV, SP and D66 from the Netherlands and VB from Belgium are not part of any faction.[2]

Dutch politician André Postema is the President of the Benelux Parliament for the period 2017–2018.

Name Country Chamber Party Group
Frank Arndt  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies LSAP Socialist
Jan Bertels  Belgium Flemish Parliament sp.a Socialist
Gautier Calomne  Belgium Chamber of Representatives MR Liberal
Patricia Creutz  Belgium Parliament of the German-speaking Community CSP Christian
Reina de Bruijn-Wezeman  Netherlands Senate VVD Liberal
Peter De Roover  Belgium Chamber of Representatives N-VA Christian
Maya Detiège  Belgium Chamber of Representatives sp.a Socialist
Wouter De Vriendt  Belgium Chamber of Representatives Groen Socialist
Remco Dijkstra  Netherlands House of Representatives VVD Liberal
Hans-Martin Don  Netherlands Senate SP Socialist
Willem Draps  Belgium Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region MR Liberal
Hans Engels  Netherlands Senate D66 Liberal
Peter Ester  Netherlands Senate CU Christian
Gast Gibéryen  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies ADR Christian
Gusty Graas  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies DP Liberal
Marc Hendrickx  Belgium Flemish Parliament N-VA Christian
Ward Kennes  Belgium Flemish Parliament CD&V Christian
Frank Köhler  Netherlands Senate SP Socialist
Kees Kok  Netherlands Senate PVV None
Patrick Lecerf  Belgium Parliament of Wallonia MR Liberal
Bruno Lefèbvre  Belgium Parliament of Wallonia PS Socialist
Frits Lintmeijer  Netherlands Senate GL Socialist
Josée Lorsché  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies DG Socialist
Jan Middendorp  Netherlands House of Representatives VVD Liberal
Isabelle Moinnet  Belgium Parliament of Wallonia cdH Christian
Anne Mulder  Netherlands House of Representatives VVD Liberal
Roger Negri  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies LSAP Socialist
Marcel Oberweis  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies CSV Christian
Nevin Özütok  Netherlands House of Representatives GL Socialist
Sébastian Pirlot  Belgium Chamber of Representatives PS Socialist
Lilianne Ploumen  Netherlands House of Representatives PvdA Socialist
André Postema  Netherlands Senate PvdA Socialist
Patrick Prévot  Belgium Parliament of Wallonia PS Socialist
Rens Raemakers  Netherlands House of Representatives D66 Liberal
Erik Ronnes  Netherlands House of Representatives CDA Christian
Gilles Roth  Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies CSV Christian
Willem-Frederik Schiltz  Belgium Flemish Parliament Open VLD Liberal
Daniel Senesael  Belgium Chamber of Representatives PS Socialist
Yoleen Van Camp  Belgium Chamber of Representatives N-VA Christian
Joba van den Berg-Jansen  Netherlands House of Representatives CDA Christian
Jef Van den Bergh  Belgium Chamber of Representatives CD&V Christian
Mart van de Ven  Netherlands Senate VVD Liberal
Jessica van Eijs  Netherlands House of Representatives D66 Liberal
Alexander van Hattem  Netherlands Senate PVV None
Martijn van Helvert  Netherlands House of Representatives CDA Christian
Ton van Kesteren  Netherlands Senate PVV None
Vincent Van Quickenborne  Belgium Chamber of Representatives Open VLD Liberal
Brecht Vermeulen  Belgium Chamber of Representatives N-VA Christian
Sabine Vermeulen  Belgium Flemish Parliament N-VA Christian

Seat[edit]

The seat of the Benelux Parliament rotates among the cities of Brussels, The Hague and Luxembourg. Each of these cities hosts the plenary meetings of the Benelux Parliament for two consecutive years. The Benelux Parliament met in Luxembourg in 2013 and 2014, in Brussels in 2015 and 2016, and meets in The Hague in 2017 and 2018. The Secretariat of the Benelux Parliament is located in Brussels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Benelux Parliament Archived March 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, benelux-parliament.eu. Retrieved 2014-3-4.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) 3 politieke fracties Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, benelux-parliament.eu. Retrieved 2014-3-4.

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