The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom
() is the executive council of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
, which is a state consisting of four constituent countries: Aruba
, the Netherlands
, and Sint Maarten
. The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom consists of the Council of Ministers of the Netherlands
complemented by one Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba
, one Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao
, and one Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten
. The Dutch Prime Minister
chairs the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom. Together with the Queen
the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom forms the Government of the Kingdom, also known as the Crown.
A significant difference between the Netherlands Ministers and the Ministers Plenipotentiary is that the former Ministers are accountable for their politics and policies to the Dutch parliament. The Ministers Plenipotentiary, however, are accountable to their national governments. Therefore, the Ministers Plenipotentiary usually do not resign in the event of a Dutch cabinet crisis.
Though the Kingdom of the Netherlands is statutory distinguished from the Netherlands
, and therefore the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom is a distinct body from the Council of Ministers of the Netherlands
it is often perceived as being the same body, since the Netherlands is by far the most powerful of the four countries in federal affairs.
Laws applicable to the whole Kingdom are known as Kingdom Acts. An example of such a law is... Read More