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Remkes still wants rid of districts

29 January 2007 - Outgoing Minister Johan Remkes still wants to ‘shut down’ the districts, he told local television channel At5 today. The district chairpersons, who received the minister in Amsterdam this morning, still think that they have succeeded in ‘modifying the minister’s convictions’.

Remkes (Conservative VVD) said last year that a new government should make firm agreements on abolishing the district councils, but it is unlikely that his party will be part of the new government.

Other parties have not committed themselves yet. Only Green Party GroenLinks said that a study on abolishing the councils should be done. The Socialist Party at the national level says that city councils should decide, but the Amsterdam SP is in favour of abolishing the district councils.

However, the new government will probably be formed by the Christian-Democrat CDA, the Social-Democrat PvdA and the Christian Union.

Meanwhile, the district chairpersons will make one last effort to convince Remkes. They will send him data that are to show that Amsterdammers are pleased with the district councils. They will also send him information on the role of the districts in the renovation of the Rijksmuseum and in the large-scale urban development programme in Amsterdam West.


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