Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) has receded for the appointment of a judge as chairman of one of the five review committees for euthanasia, it was announced on Tuesday.

Coalition parties D66 and VVD want clarification about this rare decision.

It concerns the appointment of Miriam de Bontridder, who works at the court in Amsterdam as a deputy councilor.

Previously, she was a board member at Stichting de Einder, an organization that advises people on a legal way to get out of life.

For her entry to the euthanasia commission only the approval of Grapperhaus was needed, according to

de Volkskrant


She would have already been accepted by the application committee.

D66 MP Pia Dijkstra speaks of a "serious matter" and points out that it has never happened before that a minister blocks such an appointment.

She wants to know whether the background of De Bontridder, who is a champion of the right to die and has spoken about this in the media, played a role.

VVD MP Ockje Tellegen also wants an explanation from CDA minister Grapperhaus.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and Security does not want to comment on the matter.

Such appointments are never disclosed, she says.

A spokesperson for the Regional Euthanasia Review Committees also refrained from commenting, because it concerns an internal application procedure.