Informer Tjeenk Willink believes that the formation should lead to a coalition agreement on the main lines. In a note he has sent to all the group chairmen, he calls on them to reach agreement on four or five major issues which must be dealt with as a matter of priority.
Parties wishing to form a coalition should conclude an agreement on the main lines. The effect of this is then up to the new ministers and secretaries of state in the Cabinet, who write a ‘government programme’.
The informer wants to get rid of the timbered coalition agreements of the last decades. According to him, a sketchy agreement can contribute to the new culture of governance wanted by many, with more power for the House of Representatives.
Again talks with group chairmen
Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, Tjeenk Willink will again receive all the group chairmen, in order from the smallest party to the largest. The main question is whether agreement can be reached on these four or five major problems and their causes.
If it is up to the informer, the post-coronacrisis recovery policy is at least one of those issues. Its contours must already be outlined in the formation, with this it cannot be waited until the new cabinet is in place. “Because of the urgency, recovery policy must be a central topic in the formation,” he writes. Tjeenk Willink also mentions climate, migration and the strengthening of the democratic rule of law as issues that require a solution.
It is planned that Tjeenk Willink will present his final report next week, after which there will be a debate in the House of Representatives. That should be about the most important issues that require a solution. It is then necessary to determine how these problems are to be addressed and which parties want to work together.