The National Ombudsman is an independent and impartial institution. He assesses complaints about all aspects of public administration, defends the interests of the citizen and monitors the quality of public services in the Netherlands. The National Ombudsman is appointed by Parliament.
The office is currently held by Reinier van Zutphen, who was sworn in on 31 March 2015. He has 170 support workers to help him do the job. Deputy ombudsmen Mrs Margrite Kalverboer is Ombudsman for Children. read more
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We are open every working day from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. CET.
International projects of cooperation
The Council of Europe, the European Union and the Dutch government are all keen to help the young democracies. These countries will be able to develop more effectively if they have their own ombudsman institutions. The National Ombudsman of the Netherlands is actively helping to establish similar institutes in other countries. Successful projects of cooperation have already been undertaken with our counterparts in the Czech Republic ('Public Defender of Rights') and Romania ('People’s Advocate'). Read more