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History
The Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) was founded on the 9th February 1946 when the Social-Democratic Labour Party, the Freethinking Democratic Union and the Christen-Democratic Union decided to join forces and merge into one political party. Since that moment the PvdA has been continuously represented in the Dutch Parliament.

Members
The PvdA has about 45.000 members, who together decide the direction of the party. Members are active in more than 400 local branches in twelve regions. Representatives of the local branches together form the Congress, which is the highest decision-making body of the party. Political councils of members are organized to advise the party in between congresses.

Election results
Since last general elections in 2017, the PvdA has 9 members (out of 150) in parliament. After four years of governing, the PvdA is now in opposition.

The composition of the Senate is based on the election results of the Provincial Councils. In this body the PvdA has 8 out of 75 seats.

Since the European elections in 2014, the PvdA has three members in the European Parliament, where they are part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

Political leader
Lodewijk Asscher
was elected to the position of political leader by the members of the PvdA on the 9th of December 2016. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Rutte II cabinet from 2012 to 2017. Before that he was alderman in the city of Amsterdam.

Party board
The party board is elected by the Congress and is responsible for the general management of the party. At the moment the PvdA board consists of 11 members and is since October 2017 led by party chair Nelleke Vedelaar.

International secretary
The international secretary, Kirsten Meijer, was elected by the Congress in January 2012 and re-elected in 2016. As a member of the party board she maintains international contacts and represents the PvdA in the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Progressive Alliance. In addition, she contributes to both the content and the organization of the international debate within the PvdA.

Contact
Partij van de Arbeid
International Secretary
PO Box 30204
2500 GE The Hague
Email: internationaal@pvda.nl
Phone: +31 205512223