The Council for Public Administration (Raad voor het Openbaar Bestuur, ROB) is an advisory body of the government and parliament. The council is independent and is established by law. It can issue advice when requested or on its own initiative. The cabinet is obliged within three months to announce its position to the Lower House regarding advice issued.
The ROB advises on the structure and functioning of the government. The aim is to improve effectiveness and efficiency. The ROB devotes particular attention to the basic principles of the democratic rule of law.
By means of its advice, other publications and research, the ROB wishes to contribute to the political, administrative and social debate. When preparing advice, the ROB often engages people and organisations that are frequently involved in the functioning of government or that have specific expertise.
Publications that are available in English:
- Transitions, learning on the job. Published for the OECD conference on Regulating risks in the Energy Transition, July 2023.
- Essay Acquiring, assessing and weighing. The use of knowledge in policy advice in times of crisis, June 2021
- Advisory report: A stronger rule of law. Uniting and protecting in a pluralistic society, November 2020
- Advisory report: The quest for truth, October 2019
Truth-tracking in our Democracy in the digital era
Advisory report First the Political Choices, Then the Technical Details, January 2017
Rules of play for future-proof financial relations
Discussion paper To Have the Swiss, but No Money, September 2016
A search for a new balance between municipal tasks, control and revenues
Public funding of Societal Initiative, July 2015
Balancing Between Payment and Allocation
Brochure The municipality and its finances, February 2009
Introduction to the financial relations between central government and the municipalities in the Netherlands
For more information, please contact the ROB.