The Benelux Parliament
, formally the Benelux Interparliamentary Consultative Council
, is one of the institutions of the Benelux Economic Union
, more commonly referred to as the "Benelux
". The Parliament was established by an agreement signed by Belgium
, the Netherlands
on November 5, 1955, which means it already existed when the Benelux Union was signed on February 3, 1958.
The Parliament has an advisory role; it does not have the authority to make decisions.
The Benelux Parliament consists of 49 members: 21 Members of Parliament
, 21 from the Netherlands
and seven from Luxembourg
. The 21 Belgian members are elected from amongst both Chambers of the Belgian Federal Parliament
and by the Parliaments of the Communities and Regions
of Belgium. The 21 Dutch members are elected from the Senate
and House of Representatives
of the States-General of the Netherlands
. The seven Luxembourgian members are elected from amongst the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg
There is also one acting member for each of the 49 members, who can replace that member if necessary.
Dutch politician Jack Biskop
is President of the Benelux Parliament since 2010.
The seat of the Benelux Parliament rotates among the cities of Brussels
, The Hague
. Each of these cities hosts the plenary meetings of the Benelux Parliament for two consecutive years. The Benelux Parliament met in Luxembourg
during 2008; currently (for 2009 and 2010) it meets in......