Since 1998, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has been an independent Service. The authority over and the management of the Marechaussee have been divided ever since it was established.
The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee falls directly under the Minister of Defence, to whom he is accountable for some of the Marechaussee’s tasks. However, other Ministries are also closely involved with the tasks of the Marechaussee. The Marechaussee performs eighty percent of its tasks under the authority of other Ministries. For instance:
- The Minister of Justice and the Minister for Immigration and Integration are responsible for such tasks as enforcement of the Aliens Act, the policing and security tasks at civil airports and the protection of the members of the Royal House.
- When the Marechaussee assists the police, the Minister of the Interior is responsible.
- The Marechaussee’s security tasks in connection with embassies abroad are by and large the province of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee chairs the Marechaussee Board, the most senior decision-making body in the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.