Originally Posted by victor1319
Interesting! I read three times "formally". What does this mean de facto? I am afraid, that the Monarch has no say in this at all, but is only in a ceremonial way present.
Which powers the Council of State has, is hard to tell either. I read on wikipedia, that this is an instititution like a "Crown Council" between government and parliament.
The Raad van State
(Council of State), established in 1531 (one of the oldert still existing legal bodies in the world) is no Crown Council. It has two divisions.
- The advisory division, which has to review any Bill and give a (positive or negative) critical opinion about it;
- The administrative law division, which functions as the highest Administrative Court of Justice.
The de-jure president is The King, the Voorzitter van de Raad van State
. The de-facto president is the Vice-voorzitter.
The two divisions (the advisory body of the Government and the Administrative Court of Justice) are separated but together form the Raad van State
The Advisory body (note the seat of the formal Voorzitter
The Administratieve Court of Justice: