Political parties wishing to form a government must, this time, refrain from a sealed coalition agreement. Thats what Informer Tjeenk Willink said in his first press conference on the formation of a new cabinet.
There needs to be a different style of governance and the relationship between the government and the House of Representatives needs to be improved, said Tjeenk Willink. “This cannot be done with a sealed coalition agreement, which blocks it. It hinders the counter-power and puts the opposition out of the way.”
The informer pointed out that he was given two assignments: how to form a new cabinet and how to create a different administrative culture. And that will be a “heathen job”, says Tjeenk Willink.
Tjeenk Willink does not want to deal with the question of which parties want to rule with each other. “That is not yet on the agenda.” Similarly, policy issues are not at the forefront of this phase of the talks. “Its first about the process, to see how to proceed.”
First of all, he would like to take stock of the group chairmen of what stands in the way of mutual trust and how these obstacles can be removed.
From small to large
The Labour Party Informer will begin his talks tomorrow with the group chairmen of all 17 political parties. He starts with the smallest batch, that is Sylvana Simons van Bij1 and then finishes all parties, from small to large.
He is particularly curious about the new parties “that are still full of ideals”. As President of the First Chamber, he already chose “from all parties the small over the large parties and the opposition parties over the coalition parties.”
The informer does not know if he will have the conversations recorded, as the explorers Jorritsma and Ollongren had. “You dont have to write everything down. Sometimes someone just wants to get rid of something.”
Look here what Tjeenk Willink says about the upcoming formation:
Tjeenk Willink wants to discuss with all group chairmen what a new culture of governance entails. A small coalition agreement with little timbered agreements should not lead to an unstable system, he says. “Suppose it is decided not to make harsh agreements about climate and you leave that free in the debate, with all those smaller parties. What does that mean then? Can we handle that?”