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Senate
Eerste Kamer
States-General of the Netherlands
Coat of arms or logo.
Type
Type Upper house
Leadership
President René van der Linden, (CDA)
since October 6, 2009
Parliamentary leader Jos Werner, (CDA)
Uri Rosenthal, (VVD)
Han Noten, (PvdA)
Tiny Kox, (SP)
Egbert Schuurman, (CU)
Tof Thissen, (GL)
Gerard Schouw, (D66)
Gerrit Holdijk, (SGP)
Niko Koffeman, (PvdD)
Henk ten Hoeve, (OSF)
Düzgün Yildirim, (I)
since May 29, 2007
Structure
Members 75
Political groups CDA
VVD
PvdA
SP
CU
GL
D66
SGP
PvdD
OSF
Independent
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Election
Voting system Indirect election
Last election May 29, 2007
Meeting place
Senate
Binnenhof
The Hague
Netherlands
Website
http://www.eerstekamer.nl/

The Senate (in Dutch: Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal (About this sound pronunciation , literally "First Chamber of the States-General"), short Eerste Kamer), 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.

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e • d  Party breakdown of the Senate after the 2007 indirect elections
Parties Seats
Christian Democratic Appeal (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) 21
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) 14
Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) 14
Socialist Party (Socialistische Partij) 12
GreenLeft (GroenLinks) 4
Christian Union (ChristenUnie) 4
Democrats 66 (Democraten 66) 2
Political Reformed Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij) 2
Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren) 1
Independent Senate Group (Onafhankelijke Senaatsfractie) 1
Total 75

Past composition

e • d Party breakdown of the Senate after the 2003 indirect elections
Parties Seats
Christian Democratic Alliance (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) 23
Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) 19
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) 15
GreenLeft (GroenLinks) 5
Socialist Party (Socialistische Partij) 4
Democrats 66 (Democraten 66) 3
Christian Union (ChristenUnie) 2
Political Reformed Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij) 2
Pim Fortuyn List (Lijst Pim Fortuyn) 1
Independent Senate Group (Onafhankelijke Senaatsfractie) 1
Total 75

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