Netherlands, national Agenda (setting) initiative [PAX] - Burgerinitiatief

General Typology

Instrument
Agenda (setting) initiative [PAX]
Location
Netherlands
Political level
national
Local Name:
Burgerinitiatief
Normative Level:
administrative
Legally Binding:
no
Legally Defined:

Section 132a

1. The citizen's initiative is a proposal to have an issue examined by the House and focuses on creation, amendment or withdrawal of a legal provision or on the government's policy.

2. The citizen's initiative cannot relate to

a. local government issues;

b. a question or complaint about or an objection against the government's policy;

c. an issue about which the House has made a decision less than two years before submission of the citizen's initiative, except if there are substantial and sufficiently new facts or circumstances which were not known at the time of deliberation about the issue by the House;

d. taxation or budget bills;

e. issues that are contrary to the Constitution or to the norms and values that are deeply rooted in Dutch society.

3. Further conditions may be laid down in the regulations referred to in section 20.

4. Those who put forward the proposal may be invited to give an explanation.

5. The House shall take a decision on every citizen's initiative that occurs on the agenda.

Citizens initiative

A citizens initiative is an elaborated proposal, for instance to improve the environment, the educational system or public transport. Or to simplify a rule or even do away with it. For a proposal to be accepted for consideration you need to gather signatures from at least 40,000 people supporting it.

Ref.: http://www.houseofrepresentatives.nl/news/plenary-session-about-citizens-initiative-%E2%80%98completed-life%E2%80%99; House of Representatives of the Netherlands - Rules of Procedure, 1994, March 2012 (Accessed 11.05.2020)


Subject Matter:

To suggest legislation

Actors

Author:
Citizens
Initiator:
Citizens
Decision maker:
Parliament

Requirements

Number Of Signatures:
40 000
Available Time:
No information in legal source
Geographical Quorum:
Legal source does not mention geographical quorum
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

Collection Mode:
free
Specify Collection Mode:
Interaction With Authorities:
Supervision And Support:
Transparency And Finance:

Practice

Archive:
Remarks: