Organisation of the civil service
The Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector is responsible for the clear and efficient organisation of central government tasks – now and in the future. This minister’s tasks fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
Organisation of supervisory tasks
The Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector is responsible for coordinating supervision of central government. The minister carries out general policy and sets the framework for supervisory tasks.
Supervision of central government must meet six requirements: it must be selective, effective, cooperative, independent, transparent and professional. These requirements are laid down in the policy on supervision set out in the 2005 Framework Blueprint for Supervision titled ‘Minder last, meer effect’ (‘Smaller Burden, Bigger Impact’).
There are 10 national inspectorates and seven market regulators that operate at national level. The national inspectorates’ main task is to ensure that businesses and organisations comply with the law. Market regulators’ main task is to ensure that the market functions properly. Municipalities and partnerships between municipalities also have supervisory tasks.
The national inspectorates are:
- Radiocommunications Agency
- Cultural Heritage Inspectorate
- Healthcare Inspectorate
- Youth Care Inspectorate
- Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate
- Inspectorate of Education
- Security and Justice Inspectorate
- Inspectorate SZW (of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment)
- State Supervision of Mines
- Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection
National inspectorates work together on a voluntary basis in the Inspection Council.
The market regulators are:
- Authority for Consumers and Markets
- Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets
- Data Protection Authority
- Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch central bank)
- Gaming Authority
- Dutch Healthcare Authority
- Media Authority
They work together in the Consultation Forum of Regulatory Bodies.