GroenLinks is going to hold a referendum among its members about further cooperation with the PvdA. The members can express their views on the question of whether GroenLinks should form a single senate faction with the PvdA after the Senate elections next year, and the party board will respect the outcome of the members’ consultation.
The two parties announced last year that they will intensify their cooperation, but there is much discussion about how and the pace at which that should happen. The PvdA members will discuss it at a congress next month, and then a possible joint Senate group will also be discussed.
‘We can keep talking for years to come’
GroenLinks chairman Eikelenboom said today that “we can continue to talk about left-wing cooperation for years to come or that we can experience in practice whether further cooperation does indeed make us more powerful”. According to her, this spring is the perfect time to make a statement about whether or not a group is joint.
She thinks there is enthusiasm within her party for the next step in the collaboration. The result of the referendum is binding: “We are an association, with member democracy; if you would like to take such a step, you can only do so with the support of the members.”
The Senate is elected by the Provincial Council. The States elections will be in March next year; the one before the Senate in May.