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City council member also in district council

2 October 2008 - In order to improve collaboration between the city and the districts, some of the city council members should also be elected in district councils. Local politician Nico Papineau Salm has made this suggestion in a working group preparing the PvdA platform for the 2010 elections.

Papineau Salm, who is an alderman in Zeeburg, says that city council and district councils are not collaborating enough. "You can solve this by creating 'personal unions' for some of the city council members and district council members".

"A council member with a double function lives in a district and neighbourhood and hears and sees things concerning residents that can be addressed at two levels". Papineau Salm, who speaks in a personal capacity, further says that the number of districts should be reduced.

Critics have said that Amsterdam's districts have resulted in a disproportionately high number of politicians and unnecessary bureaucracy. Some have argued that the districts should be abolished, but currently the consensus is that the system should be reformed rather than abolished.

Nico Papineau Salm's weblog (in Dutch). Photo BMA / Wikipedia


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