On December 15, 2021, after nine months of coalition talks, the Dutch formation parties finalized their coalition agreement and presented it to parliament. The official presentation will be followed by a debate in the House of Representatives, whereby Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Liberal Party (of the VVD party) will be charged with forming a cabinet of ministers. The presentation of the new cabinet is likely to take place after the Christmas recess, which ends on January 10, 2022.
Key points from the new coalition agreement include:
- A structural increase of official development assistance (ODA) of an average of €388 million (US$445 million) per year; however, the actual amount increases over the years, starting at €318 million (US$364) and reaching €556 million (US$638 million) in 2025;
- Funding increases to major multilaterals including COVAX, plus increasing spending on priority topics such as climate adaptation and mitigation and refugee hosting.
- A recommitment to the ongoing development of the Dutch global health strategy, with the goal of eliminating tuberculosis and HIV by 2030.
The new cabinet intends to expand ministerial posts to have a better division of governing tasks and for a gender-balanced coalition. Currently, there are 24 minister posts, and the formation parties want to increase the number to a total of 30 with 20 ministers and 10 state secretaries.