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A provincial-executive (Dutch: Gedeputeerde Staten, GS)[1] is the executive branch of government of a province of the Netherlands.[2][3]

Together with the King's Commissioner they form the College van Commissaris van de Koning en Gedeputeerde Staten, which is the executive council of the province. The Gedeputeerde Staten are elected by the states-provincial, the elected assembly of the province. The members of the Gedeputeerde Staten all have their own competence on which they prepare, coordinate and plan policy and legislation for the Provinciale Staten and execute legislation. The Gedeputeerde Staten has the duty to inform the Provinciale Staten on all aspects of their policy. The Gedeputeerde Staten functions as a collegial body and most decisions are taken by consensus.


  1. ^ Press the "Translate" button on this site: "Provinciebestuur" [County Council] (in Dutch). Leeuwarden: Province of Friesland. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  2. ^ D. C. Fokkema Introduction to Dutch law for foreign lawyers Page 437 1978 "As far as appeal to the Gedeputeerde Staten (Board of Deputies of the Provinciale Staten) is concerned,..."
  3. ^ Jeroen M. J. Chorus, P. H. M. Gerver, E. H. Hondius Introduction to Dutch law Page 339 2006 "The gedeputeerde staten exercise important supervisory powers with respect to municipalities and water boards (see no. 30)".

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