English information

The Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) was founded on 9 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.

The PvdA has about 40.000 members who together decide the direction of the party. Members are active in more than 400 local branches in twelve provinces. 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 2021, the PvdA has 9 members (out of 150) in parliament. The PvdA is currently in opposition.

The composition of the Senate is based on the election results of the Provincial Councils. In this body the PvdA has 7 out of 75 seats.

Since the European elections in 2019, the PvdA has six members in the European Parliament, where they are part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

Political leader

Frans Timmermans was elected the new leader of GreenLeft/PvdA by the members on 22 August. Before, he served as the European Commissioner responsible for the European Green Deal. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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. Since October 2021, the PvdA board has been led by party chair Esther-Mirjam Sent.

International secretary
The international secretary, Ties Huis in ’t Veld, was elected by the Congress in February 2023. As a member of the party board he maintains international contacts and represents the PvdA in the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Progressive Alliance. In addition, he contributes to both the content and the organization of the international debate within the PvdA.

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Partij van de Arbeid
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PO Box 30204
2500 GE The Hague
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Phone: +31 (0)70 550 0555