Government of Rotterdam

The Government of Rotterdam is the government of the municipality and city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Most of the inhabitants live in the city of Rotterdam, but the municipality also covers a number of small villages, and other parts of the local government, such as Rozenburg, cover an even larger area.

Local government

Results of the elections of 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014:

City council seats
Party % 2002 % 2006 % 2010 % 2014 S. 2002 S. 2006 S. 2010 S. 2014
Livable Rotterdam34,729,728,627,517 (13)141414
PvdA22,437,428,915,811 (10)18148
GreenLeft6,54,37,34,93 (2)232
NIDA [1]---4,8---2
Cityparty Rotterdam2,51,0--10--
Others1,02,51,14,60 (6)000

City council 2006 - 2010

The coalition mayor and aldermen for the period 2006-2010 was formed by a coalition of the parties PvdA (labour), CDA (Christian democratic), VVD (liberal) and GroenLinks (green left). The college was sworn in on May 18, 2006.

The college since its inauguration in 2006 had a number of cycles. VVD alderman Roelf de Boer retreated from his position in 2007. In 2008, GreenLeft alderman Orhan Kaya was replaced by Rik Grashoff. In April 2009 VVD left the coalition,[2] though it retained a slim majority of 23 of the 45 seats. The two VVD aldermen Jeannette Baljeu and Mark Harbers were replaced by CDA and PvdA aldermen. This left the CDA with three council seats and three aldermen, a remarkable situation. In July 2009 CDA alderman Leonard Geluk joined the coalition but he stepped down prematurely, because of his new position as chairman of ROC Netherlands.

City council 2010 - 2014

The city board of mayor and aldermen was formed by four parties: PvdA (labour), VVD (liberal), D66 (left liberal), and CDA (Christian democratic).

Aldermen were: Jeannette Baljeu, Hugo de Jonge, Hamit Karakus, Jantine Kriens, Antoinette Laan and Korrie Louwes (Dominic Schrijer resigned on May 17, 2011).

City council 2014 - 2018

The city board of mayor and aldermen is formed by three parties: Leefbaar Rotterdam (right populistic), D66 (left liberal), and CDA (Christian democratic).

Aldermen are: Joost Eerdmans, Hugo de Jonge, Pex Langenberg, Ronald Schneider, Maarten Struijvenberg and Adriaan Visser.


The mayor of Rotterdam is the head of the city council. The current mayor is Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA). The mayors since the World War II are:

See also: List of mayors of Rotterdam


Rotterdam boroughs and neighborhoods.

Until 19 March 2014, Rotterdam's fourteen boroughs had the formal status of submunicipalities (deelgemeenten) under the Dutch Municipalities Act.[3] The submunicipalities were responsible for many activities that previously had been run by the central city. The idea was to bring the government closer to the people. All submunicipalities had their own deelgemeenteraad ('submunicipal council'), direct elected by the borough's inhabitants. The district councils enjoyed far-reaching autonomous decisionmaking powers in many policy areas. Only affairs pertaining the whole city such as major infrastructural projects remained within the jurisdiction of by the central municipal council.

In 2014, the submunicipalities were abolished by law, but Rotterdam maintained its boroughs. The district councils were replaced with smaller, but still directly elected gebiedscommissies ('area committees'). The area committees no longer have autonomous powers, but instead act primarily as advisory and participatory bodies for the central municipal council.[4]

The fourteen boroughs of Rotterdam are:

The port areas are governed directly by the central municipality.

Annexations and reclassifications

The city of Rotterdam was especially strong growth since 1850. Initially they tried to accommodate the population within existing municipal boundaries, but this soon proved inadequate. Therefore, sequentially neighboring municipalities annexed or she had to cede territory to Rotterdam. An overview of these annexations and reclassifications:

* The municipality Katendrecht in 1873 annexed by the municipality Charlois

** The city annexed Pernis in 1834 the town 's-Gravenambacht

International relations

Rotterdam has the following city and port connections throughout the world:

Twin towns – sister cities

Rotterdam is twinned with:

Partner cities

Sister ports


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