News Politics: The Dutch Government is comprised of the King and the Ministers. The ministers and state secretaries are in charge of running the government on a daily basis. The fourth government, headed by Mark Rutte, came into power on January 10, 2022. It is a constitutional monarchy in the Netherlands. In other words, a King or Queen, whose authority is outlined in the Constitution, serves as the head of state. In the Netherlands, the monarch’s authority is very constrained. According to the Constitution, the ministers, not the king, are in charge of the actions of the government.
A minister may be supported by one or more state secretaries, who are entrusted with some of the minister’s tasks. The job descriptions of the state secretaries are published in the Government Gazette after their appointment and often change from government to government.
If a minister is absent, a state secretary will usually stand in for them. The state secretary will, for example, attend Cabinet meetings in the minister’s place, but does not have the right to vote.
The government consists of ministers and state secretaries. Each ministry is headed by a government minister. There are also ‘ministers without portfolio’, who are not in charge of a ministry. They work for a ministry headed by a different minister.
A state secretary also attends Cabinet meetings if the agenda includes a topic for which he or she is responsible.