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Senate of the Netherlands

Native NameEerste Kamer
LegislatureStates-General of the Netherlands
Background Color#8B0000
Text Color#FFFFFF
Coa PicCoat of arms of the Netherlands - 02.svg
Session RoomDebat regeringsverklaring in de Eerste Kamer.jpg
House TypeUpper house
Leader1 TypePresident
Leader1Fred de Graaf
Election1June 28, 2011
Leader2 TypeParliamentary leader
Leader2Loek Hermans, (VVD)
Marleen Barth, (PvdA)
Elco Brinkman, (CDA)
Machiel de Graaf, (PVV)
Tiny Kox, (SP)
Roger van Boxtel, (D66)
Tof Thissen, (GL)
Roel Kuiper, (CU)
Gerrit Holdijk, (SGP)
Jan Nagel, (50+)
Niko Koffeman, (PvdD)
Henk ten Hoeve, (OSF)
Structure1 Res250px
Political Groups1VVD - PvdA - CDA - PVV - SP - D66 - GL - CU - SGP - 50+ - PvdD - OSF
Term Length2011-2015
Last Election1Dutch Senate election of 2011
Voting System1Indirect election
Meeting PlaceSenate Chamber
The Hague

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The Senate of the Netherlands (in Dutch: Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal [-nlˈeːrstə ˈkaːmər dər ˈstaːtə(n) ˌɣeːnəˈraːɫ], literally "First Chamber of the States-General", short Eerste Kamer) is the upper house of the Dutch parliament, the States-General. It was established in 1815, when the Netherlands and Belgium emerged as a single state at the end of the Napoleonic wars, and continued after Belgian secession in 1830.

It currently has 75 members, elected by the members of the twelve States-Provincial (provincial councils) every four years. Unlike the politically more significant House of Representatives, it meets only one day a week. Its members tend to be veteran politicians or part-time politicians at the national level, often having other roles. It has the right to accept or reject legislative proposals, but not to amend them or to initiate legislation.

Members of the Senate are elected indirectly through the States-Provincial, which in turn are elected by the people of the Netherlands every four years. The States-Provincial work in the same way as the House of Representatives. After elections for the States-Provincial, their new membership elects people to take a seat in the Senate.

On June 7, 2011 the new Senate has been installed.

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