Rota is still welcome in Zelensky’s speech, but not in the ministerial department Politics

VideoHowever, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is welcome to the House of Representatives on Thursday to hear the visual speech of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. However, he must then take a seat in the Speaker’s Inn, where special guests can sit. The K-box, where cabinet members usually sit, remains empty.


Laurens Cook


Last updated:
03-29-22, 09:27

House Speaker Vera Bergkamp Rutte invited Foreign Minister Wöpke Hoekstra and Defense Minister Kajsa Olungren. They accepted that invitation, it turns out.


Yesterday, during a question session on Instagram, Rutte clarified that he had requested to be there, but that request had been rejected by the House of Representatives. “The house says, ‘We really want to do that as a home,'” Ruti said. He has “understood” the option and will try to “pursue the discourse in a different way”.

Rutte emphasized that the Prime Minister in the Netherlands is not part of Parliament, as is the case in the United Kingdom for example. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was there recently when Zelensky addressed the House of Commons.

Chamber President Vera Bergkamp previously announced through her spokesperson that Rutte’s request had not actually been met. “President Zelensky addresses the House of Representatives at his request. The foreign minister was invited to the subsequent discussion,” the answer was at the time.

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Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on 2 February.  The visit took place before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on 2 February. The visit took place before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. © ANP

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It is the first time that a foreign head of state addresses the House of Representatives. The bylaws were recently modified to allow this. Zelensky uses it now.

However, it has happened before that the head of a foreign government has addressed all the States General—that is, the Senate and the House of Representatives. This happened at the end of October, when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the Dutch parliament in Riedersal. Rota was not present at the time. Trudeau has been received in Torentje.



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