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Overview organizations 

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

Arbitrator Soil Movement (AB)

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

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Collects and shares statistical information.

Council of State (RvS)

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

Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM)

Extracts gas and oil from Dutch soil.

Earthquake Academy

Platform for professionals who work within the gas extraction file.

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.

Groningen Earthquake Area Spiritual Care (GVA)

Professionals who offer a listening ear and work on resilience and direction.

Groningen Gas Council

Advocacy of residents and local entrepreneurs.

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.)

Groningen Perspective

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

Groningen Safety Advisory Board (ACVG)

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

Groningen Security Region (VRG)

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

Groninger Soil Movement (GBB)

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

Heritage Counter

Information point for residents about damage to monumental buildings.

Heritage Program

Responsible for the policy on cultural heritage Groningen.

Independent Counsel

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

Knowledge Platform BuildinG

BuildinG was founded in 2017 and focuses on knowledge development with regard to future-proof building and reinforcement.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK)

Responsible for gas extraction.


The five municipalities below are included in the earthquake municipalities. These municipalities are commissioners of the NCG.



Het Hogeland



The municipalities above, together with the two municipalities below, fall within the IMG impact area of soil movement caused by gas extraction from the Groningen field and gas storage in Norg and Grijpskerk.



The measures in Nij begun cover all of the above municipalities, along with the following:





Aa en Hunze


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.

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

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

Supreme Court of the Netherlands (HR)

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

Northern Netherlands Partnership (SNN)

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

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.

State Supervision of Mines (SodM)

Supervisor of all mining in the Netherlands.


Free support center for residents with earthquake damage.

Former authorities

Arbiter Ground Movement (AB)

Until 1 July 2020, acted in disputes between residents and NAM/ Damage Settlement.


Centrum Veilig Wonen (CVW)

Acted on behalf of NAM until 31 December 2019 for damage assessment and settlement.

Tasks taken over by the Temporary Committee for Mining Damage in Groningen (TCMG). 


Dialogue table

The Dialogue Table was a consultative body that met from 2014 to 2015. The aim of the body was to arrive at broadly supported measures that would compensate for the negative effects of gas production.


EPI Knowledge Centre

The EPI Knowledge Centre was a partnership of Alfa-college, University of Groningen and Hanzehogeschool Groningen that provided knowledge programmes and education relating to earthquake-resistant construction from 2016 to 2020.


Independent Counselor

Hotline for complaints about damage handling or construction strengthening due to gas extraction. As of 2022, this role will be taken over by the National Ombudsman. 

Temporary Committee for Mining Damage in Groningen (TCMG) 

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

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