- Benelux Parliament
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. It was established by an agreement signed by Belgium, the Netherlandsand Luxembourgon 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 from
Belgium, 21 from the Netherlandsand seven from Luxembourg. The 21 Belgian members are elected from amongst both Chambers of the Belgian Federal Parliamentand by the Parliaments of the Communities and Regions of Belgium. The 21 Dutch members are elected from amongst the First Chamber and the Second Chamber 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.
The seat of the Benelux Parliament rotates among the cities of
Brussels, The Hagueand Luxembourg. Each of these cities hosts the plenary meetings of the Benelux Parliament for two consecutive years. The Benelux Parliament meets in Luxembourg for 2008; and, in 2009and 2010, it will meet in Brussels. In 2011, it will meet in The Hagueagain. The Secretariat of the Benelux Parliament is located in Brussels.
* [http://www.benelux-parl.org/ Official website of the Benelux Parliament]
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