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GroenLinks wants democratic metropolis

25 May 2008 - The Amsterdam region must develop into a metropolis with a directly elected government, four GroenLinks politicians say in an open letter. So far, discussions about the development of an Amsterdam metropolis have remained largely restricted to backrooms.

The GroenLinks politicians sent their letter to het Parool. To the annoyance of the writers, the newspaper did not publish the letter, but did publish an article claiming that GroenLinks wanted to 'abolish Amsterdam'. Predictably, most other parties rejected this suggestion.

Dirk de Jager, alderman in Westerpark and one of the writers of the letter, says that reports in the media wrongly suggested that GroenLinks wants to 'abolish Amsterdam', which predictably led to negative reactions.

He says that there is no intention to abolish Amsterdam; instead Amsterdam should grow larger. Simultaneously, the current districts should become larger too and be given more responsibility.

According to De Jager, the Amsterdam Metropolis should deal with town planning, mobility, the environment and economic policies. One of its responsibilities would be to develop light rail connections in the region.

All other responsibilities should be decentralised to the districts. In De Jager's view, they would assume responsibility for secondary schools and for running the welfare agency. He says this kind of services should be run 'from below', although the metropolis would set the parameters.

The Bos en Lommer and Geuzenveld districts are intensifying their collaboration, which may to a merger. Westerpark has no merger plans at the moment, De Jager says. "Things are running smoothly in Westerpark, so there is no immediate cause to take such steps. But there should be a discussion about the scale districts should have in the future".

The GroenLinks letter can be understood as a critique of the plans for an Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) revealed last December. So far, the plans have been developed mainly by politicians and businesses such as Schiphol and real estate agents, with hardly any involvement from citizens. There are as yet no plans to create a democratic government at AMA level.

GroenLinks letter (in Dutch); AMA. Image: Amsterdam Metropolitan Area


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