The municipality in Almere is governed by the municipal council (the highest authority in Almere) and the municipal executive (the city’s daily administration).
The municipal council ('gemeenteraad')
The city council represents the citizens of Almere. The council determines a lot in Almere. Whether it’s about parking in Almere Buiten, the development of the new district Floriade, a new policy for sports, improvements in primary education or safety in your neighbourhood. The council decides on issues that affect the city. They meet (almost) every Thursday during the ‘Political Market’.
The members of the council are elected every four years by the local electorate (residents of 18 years and older). The size of the citydetermines the number of councillors. With a population of almost 200.000 residents, Almere has 39 councillors. The seats on the city council are allocated according to the proportion of the vote. Almere's city council consists of the following parties:
|Party||Place in political spectrum||Seats|
|PVV||party for freedom||8|
|D66||social-liberal democratic party||6|
|Leefbaar Almere||local left-wing liberal party||4|
|CDA||christian democratic party||2|
|Almere Partij/OPA||Almere party and elderly political active||1|
|Fractie van Blitterswijk||1|
The Municipal Executive ('college van B en W')
The day-to-day administration of Almere is in the hands of the Municipal Executive, made up of the mayor (Mr. Franc Weerwind) and five alderpersons. The mayor is appointed by Royal Decree for a renewable term of six years. The alderpersons are appointed for four years by the coalition parties that form a majority in the city council.
|Franc Weerwind||D66||governance and public safety|
|René Peeters||D66||youth, education and sports|
|Tjeerd Herrema||PvdA||spatial planning, housing and districts|
|Mark Pol||VVD||finance, operational management, service and real estate|
|Frits Huis||LA||public domain, culture and environment|
|Froukje de Jonge||CDA||social affairs and integration|
The Political Market
Whereas in most other cities councils have plenary meetings once a month, Almere has one almost every week (on Thursday evenings, three times a month). In 2004, Almere's city council introduced this new form of meeting (the Political Market) for political decision-making. The Political Market is open to the public. Residents can visit the meetings and approach councillors or members of the Municipal Executive to discuss local issues. The meetings are also broadcasted on the website http://gemeenteraad.almere.nl.
The Council Panel
There are several ways to influence the city council, the council panel being one of them. The city council actively invites citizens (16 years and older) to think along by taking part in an internet panel. Questionnaires are sent out approximately once every two months, depending on the number and the nature of issues that are on the political agenda. If you live in Almere and want to join, you can register here: https://gemeenteraad.almere.nl/invloed-op-uw-raad/raadspanel/aanmelden-raadspanel/
If you want to know more about the city council, you can find all the information on our website (http://gemeenteraad.almere.nl, in Dutch). We also have an e-mail newsletter (also in Dutch). You can subscribe to this newsletter via de website.
Clerks office (‘griffie’)
The clerks office (griffie) supports the city council. In Almere 11 people work at the clerks office. If you have any questions regarding the city council, you can always contact them. More information (in Dutch) can be found here: https://gemeenteraad.almere.nl/de-gemeenteraad/de-raadsgriffie/