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ZuiderAmstel: SP wants an apology

20 September 2006 – The ZuiderAmstel district council has agreed with the exploitation by ISS of the multifunctional centre (MFC), after an early evaluation was promised. Meanwhile, the Socialist Party (SP) wants an apology from the district, because it has accused the party of saying things that are not true.

Two weeks ago, the SP walked out of a district council meeting at which the MFC, a new building for schools and social welfare organisations, was discussed. The party objected to a ‘back room’ decision to ‘subsidize’ ISS. A district spokesperson told News from Amsterdam that this was ‘yet another example of the SP saying things that are not true’.

In a response, Gerrit Herders, party leader of the ZuiderAmstel SP, said that he wants an apology from the district. District Chairman Duco Adema indicated that he has not been approached by the SP yet and that he does not want to discuss the issue in the media.

According to Herders, ISS is paid 1.9 million euro for the exploitation of the centre. In addition, it gets to keep the proceedings of the exploitation and it would not have to pay the full rent until after five years.

The documents regarding the contract are secret. District council members have been allowed to inspect them on condition of confidentiality. The district points out that the contract has been awarded to ISS through a European tender.

Last night, the district council agreed to the funding of the ISS contract. The district did promise an early evaluation. Also, organisations can apply to the district if they run into problems due to the increased rent they have to pay to ISS.

See also: promised work placements not delivered


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