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Constitutional Law / Droit constitutionnel 2008 The Netherlands / Pays-Bas

2009 / Vol. 21, No. 2, (72)
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Constitutional Law / Droit constitutionnel

The Netherlands / Pays-Bas

Remco Nehmelman

Senior Lecturer on Constitutional and Administrative Law at Utrecht Univer­sity

 In 2008 inhabitants of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles gained the right to vote for the European Parliament due to a decision of the European Court of Justice. Also a few minor constitutional reforms were made as an amendment of the Dutch Constitution. A new amendment was also proposed on introducing a certain lim­ited system of judicial review, although the decision to do so can only be taken af­ter the new elections of the Dutch Second Chamber. A new Act on parliamentary Survey came into force, and the Minister of Housing, Neighbourhood and Inte­gration, Mrs. Vogelaar had to resign, and a new Minister, Mr. Van der Laan was ap­pointed. Also there was an important not binding decision by the Commision on Equal Treatment on the issue of the freedom of Religion and same-Sex Marriage. The Treaty of Lisbon passed through both Houses of Dutch Parliament, the Refer­enda of Mayor appointments has been cancelled and new elections on Dutch Re­gional Waterboards were held. A new Commission to Advice the Government on a new written Constitution has still not been formatted and finally some strong meas­ures were taken by the Dutch Minister of Finance because of the financial cri­sis.

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