The organisation of the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union) is unique.

  • The Taalunie is managed by a Comité van Ministers (Committee of Ministers) comprising the Dutch and Flemish ministers for culture and education.
  • The Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren (Council for the Dutch Language and Literature), with specialists from the field, advises the ministers.
  • The Interparlementaire Commissie (Interparliamentary Commission), with Dutch and Flemish members of parliament, monitors their work.
  • The Algemeen Secretariaat (General Secretariat) in The Hague prepares policy decisions and implements the agreed policy.

The financial contributions from the governments enable the Dutch Language Union to fulfil its obligations as laid down in the Verdrag inzake de Nederlandse Taalunie (Treaty concerning the Dutch Language Union) and the Meerjarenbeleidsplan 2013-2017 (Long-term Plan 2013-2017).


In order to be able to achieve more for Dutch, the Language Union is looking for public-private partnerships and offers support in funding acquisition for specific projects. One of the first funding acquisition projects supported by the Language Union is the embedding of Dutch studies in the United States: Unlock the key. Dutch Studies in the United States.

Supporting Dutch

In the Netherlands, the Dutch Language Union is recognised as an Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (Institution for General Benefit) and, in Belgium, as a culturele instelling (cultural institution). In the United States, the Language Union has an American Friends of the Dutch Language Fund under the auspices of the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). This means that there are tax-friendly provisions in place in each of these countries making it attractive to support Dutch.