Raad van State

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Building of the Council of State at Kneuterdijk , The Hague

The Raad van State ( German  Council of State ) with its seat in The Hague is a constitutional body in the Netherlands to advise the government. It consists of members of the royal family and members appointed by the crown with political, business, diplomatic or military experience. It was founded in 1531.

The cabinet must submit any bill to the Council of State before it is presented to parliament. The Administrative Legal Department of the State Council also serves as an appeal court for citizens' appeals against decisions of the executive branch .

Originally, the Council of State, which was designed on the model of the Spanish Consejo de Estado , was a classic Privy Council , which was legally presided over by the King or his Governor General ( called Gouverneur-Generaal in the Spanish Netherlands ).

The monarch (currently Willem-Alexander ) is still President of the Council of State, but is usually represented in the chair by the Vice-President. According to the Dutch constitution , the vice-president acts as head of state when there is no monarch. The current Vice President is Thom de Graaf .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Wolfgang Alt: Language and Power. Spanish in the Netherlands under Philip II until the conquest of Antwerp (1555–1585). Inaugural dissertation, University of Trier , July 2005 ( online as PDF; 3.7 MB), p. 63 f.
  2. Mr. Th.C. (Thom) de Graaf , accessed May 12, 2019

Coordinates: 52 ° 4 ′ 53.3 "  N , 4 ° 18 ′ 32.1"  E