Rutte, the VVD coordinator, has begun talks with VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie about the division of positions in his new government.
“Now we are starting with what is called the reference for ministerial candidates,” says Coordinator Ruti. I will start the talks on January 3rd and I think it will take four days.
Rutte expects many new faces. “I’m really looking forward to the conversations, but to be honest also a lot more on the weekend.” The coordinator says no agreements have been reached on the division of men and women. You want to be a little more diverse than the previous government, but I think it will work.
In any case, there will be more ministers than the previous government. According to Root, this has to do with a large workload. “It’s a good thing that these people are able to strike a good work-life balance.”
20 ministers and 9 ministers of state
During the negotiations on the coalition agreement, the two parties also reached an agreement on the number of ministers and the distribution among the parties.
There will be twenty ministers, including the prime minister, and nine ministers of state. VVD provides eight ministers, D66 six, CDA four and ChristenUnie two. For Ministers of State, the division is three, three, two and one, respectively.
Which parties will “get” the ministries and ministers will be determined once and for all during the talks that Rota will have in the coming weeks. What is known are wallets that can be customized.
It is not much different from the current treasury. There will be a Minister for Housing, a Minister for Nature and Nitrogen, a Minister for Poverty Policy, a Minister of State for Mining (including gas extraction in Groningen) and a Minister of State for Digitization.
At the AIVD, it is checked whether a nominated minister is included in the regulations. AIVD does not actively investigate nor advise. In addition, the judicial notarial record and tax file of the candidate are examined in the IRS.
Business and financial interests, such as shares in a company (more than 25,000 euros) or positions in a company, are also discussed in job interviews. If a conflict of interest arises, the minister must “put those interests at a distance”, for example by selling shares or terminating an (additional) job.
In October, the House of Representatives adopted a motion that lays out more requirements. Even if a minister acquires, inherits or purchases such business interest during his tenure, he must report it. Vacation homes abroad, for private use or rental purposes, should also be mentioned in the conversation.
Responsibility for everything rests with the new Minister or Secretary of State, and Rota, unless it is highly confidential, reports to the House of Representatives what he has heard and discussed.
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