Authorities involved

Many bodies are active in the entire dossier surrounding soil movement. Especially for residents it is often unclear who is talking about what. In this overview we try to create a little more clarity.

Earthquake Academy

Platform for professionals who work within the gas extraction file.

Arbitrator Soil Movement (AB)

Acted in disputes between residents and the NAM / claims handling.

Groningen Safety Advisory Board (ACVG)

Provides advice on frameworks, guidelines, methods and models to be used in the reinforcement operation in Groningen.

Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK)

Takes responsibility for the reinforcement assignment. Relaties

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Collects and shares statistical information.

Safe Living Center (CVW)

Was responsible for damage assessment and handling until December 31, 2019. Tasks taken over by Temporary Committee Mining Damage Groningen (TCMG).

Special Situations Committee

Executes the Special Situations scheme. This is a safety net for the most dire cases of earthquake damage.

Economic Board Groningen (EBG)

Contributes to economic development in the province of Groningen (employment development and activity).

Energy Management Netherlands (EBN)

Government agency that implements government climate and energy policy. Now also working on energy transition.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK)

Responsible for gas extraction.

Heritage counter

Information point for residents about damage to monumental buildings.

Heritage program

Responsible for the policy on cultural heritage Groningen.


Take more responsibility for handling damage and reinforcement.

Groninger Soil Movement (GBB)

Interest group for people with direct or indirect damage as a result of gas extraction in Groningen.

Groningen Gas Council

Advocacy of residents and local entrepreneurs.

Groningen Perspective

Since 2016, Gronings Perspectief has been investigating the safety, health and future prospects of Groningers on behalf of the NCG.

Supreme Court of the Netherlands (HR)

Highest judge in the Netherlands in the field of civil, criminal and tax law.

Groningen Mining Damage Institute (IMG)

As an independent administrative body responsible for dealing with all damage caused by earthquakes, subsidence and rise. (Successor to TCMG.)

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

The national knowledge and data center for weather, climate and seismology.

Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM)

Extracts gas and oil from Dutch soil.

National Coordinator Groningen (NCG)

Executive organization for the reinforcement process.

National Program Groningen (NPG)

A partnership of central government, province and municipalities that brings people and ideas together and together implement those plans that really help Groningen move forward.

Independent Counsel

Hotline for complaints about the settlement of a claim for damages after earthquakes caused by gas extraction.

Council of State (RvS)

The highest general administrative judge in the Netherlands and advisor on legislation.

Northern Netherlands Partnership (SNN)

Implements the value increase subsidy scheme for people in the earthquake area with recognized damage.

State Supervision of Mines (SodM)

Supervisor of all mining in the Netherlands.


Free support center for residents with earthquake damage.

Temporary Commission Mining Damage Groningen (TCMG)

Organization for handling all damage reported from April 1, 2017 to July 1, 2020.

Groningen Security Region (VRG)

Collaboration between different services, such as the police and fire brigade.