Working arrangements with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate


It is the task of the Advisory Division to make a normative assessment of climate policy and review the administrative elements in view of the achievement of the climate goals. The Advisory Division also makes use of the climate and energy investigation (KEV) from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The KEV is a scientific report on climate policy that clarifies whether the climate goals can be achieved.

The Climate Plan must be drafted on the basis of the Climate Act for the first time in 2019 and then once every five years thereafter. The Advisory Division issues a review of the draft climate plan after decision-making in the Dutch cabinet. The minister issues a response to this review. The minister then sends the draft climate plan with the review of the Advisory Division and the further report to the Senate and House of Representatives. After this parliamentary accounting process, the minister confirms the Climate Plan.

The Climate Memorandum will be confirmed for the first time in 2020. The Advisory Division issues a review of the draft climate memo after decision-making in the Dutch cabinet. The minister issues its response to this review in the draft climate memo. The minister then sends the draft climate memo on the fourth Thursday of October and, at the latest by 1 November, simultaneously with the KEV and the PBL to the Senate and House of Representatives. After this parliamentary accounting process, the minister confirms the Climate Memorandum.

The Progress Report is published every two years after the confirmation of the Climate Plan. The annual Climate Memorandum contains this Progress Report if it has been completed. The Advisory Division then issues a review of the draft climate memo with Progress Report after decision-making in the Dutch cabinet. The minister issues its response to this review in the draft climate memo. The minister then sends the draft climate memo on the fourth Thursday of October and, at the latest by 1 November, simultaneously with the KEV and the PBL to the Senate and House of Representatives. After this parliamentary accounting, the minister confirms the Climate Memo with the Progress Report.

In order to ensure the process is efficient and runs on time, the minister has agreed to the following working agreements:

  1. Timely information on Climate Plan

The Advisory Division receives the drafts of the Climate Plan from the ministry in its preparation phase. They also receive a draft of the Climate Plan once it is made available to the public. The Advisory Division receives the definitive draft of the Climate Plan once it has been confirmed in Dutch cabinet.

  1. Timely information on Climate Memorandum

The Advisory Division receives the drafts of the Climate Memorandum from the ministry in its preparation phase. The Advisory Division receives the definitive draft of the Climate Memo once it has been confirmed in the Dutch cabinet.

  1. Other information

It is the responsibility of the minister to ensure that the Advisory Division has other relevant documents that it needs to carry out its task in a timely fashion. This responsibility also covers documents from the PBL or CPB. In all cases, the Advisory Division receives drafts of the National Energy and Climate Plan (INEK) and the Long-term strategy for climate (LTS) in a timely fashion.

  1. Publication

The Advisory Division shall provide its review to the minister as quickly as possible and, at the latest, four weeks after receipt of the draft climate plan and draft Climate Memorandum confirmed in the Dutchc cabinet. The minister then sends the reviews simultaneously with the other relevant documents to the Dutch parliament and publishes them. The Advisory Division then places the reviews on the Council of State’s website.

  1. Publication of working arrangements

The working arrangements between the minister and the Advisory Division will be made public.

  1. Evaluation

It will be determined whether or not these working arrangements must be supplemented or altered periodically based on experiences.