The Provincial Council is the highest administrative authority in the province of Utrecht. The 49 Council members are representatives of the people and elected every four years. Chairman of the Provincial Council is the King's Commissioner. Provincial Council elections affect both provincial and national politics. The members of the Provincial Council, who are directly elected by the residents of Utrecht, in turn elect the members of the Senate, in the so called indirect elections.
General administrative body
As the province's general administrative body, the Provincial Council makes decisions concerning provincial policies. This task is referred to as framework setting. The Provincial Council also supervises the execution of policies implemented by the Provincial Executive.
People's representation and duties
Council members represent the residents of the province of Utrecht in political matters. Therefore they want to be well informed about everything that happens in the province, so they maintain contact with residents in various ways. Council members regularly plan working visits, attend consultation meetings and participate in public forums.
The Provincial Council's duties include:
Adopting the provincial budget
Formulating general regulations for the benefit of the province
Implementing regulations delegated to the province by the State
If you are interested in what the Provincial Council discusses, visit one of the meetings (only in Dutch) held in the provincial house. Provincial Council meetings are open to press and public.