The Hague Municipal Council

The Municipal Council represents the residents of The Hague. The Municipal Council and the Municipal Executive together govern the municipal administration.

The Municipal Council is the most senior administrative body of the municipality. The Hague Municipal Council comprises 45 members from 15 different political parties. Members of the Municipal Council are elected by the population of The Hague every 4 years.

The Municipal Council lays down the main principles of policy and checks whether the Municipal Executive is doing its job satisfactorily. The Municipal Executive implements the decisions taken. In order to perform these duties, the Municipal Council has a number of resources at its disposal (in Dutch). Major plans in the fields of, for example, spatial planning, the economy, welfare and traffic can be implemented only if approved by a majority of the Council. The Municipal Council also decides how the municipality’s resources will be allocated.

Council meetings

The Municipal Council meets once every 3 weeks on Thursday evenings in the Council Chamber in City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. At the start of the meetings residents of The Hague and interest groups may address those present about subjects on the agenda. The Municipal Council meetings and Council Committee meetings are broadcast live and can be viewed later.

Presidium

The Presidium is composed of 7 members of the Municipal Council. They draw up the Council’s agenda and determine when the Municipal Council will deal with certain subjects. The Presidium manages the Municipal Clerk’s office on behalf of the Municipal Council.

Chairperson of the Council

The mayor is chairperson of the Municipal Executive and the Municipal Council. The mayor is appointed for a 6-year term.

List of decisions

The Municipal Clerk’s office keeps a list of decisions/resolutions taken at every Council meeting. The list describes the decision taken by the Municipal Council on the subjects on the agenda.

Contact

There are different ways to contact the Municipal Council.

Social media

Are you curious about what the Municipal Council is doing? Follow the Council on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Published: 10 April 2017Modified: 31 July 2020