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Rotterdam to tinker with district councils as well

1 February 2009 – Like Amsterdam, Rotterdam wants to change its administrative system, the city government announces in a policy paper. The number of politicians must be reduced, the municipality will take more control and the division between district government and council may disappear.

More than ever, Rotterdam needs a strong administration to deal with the effects of the financial and environmental crises, the city government states. This requires an overhaul of the administrative system. Currently, municipal aldermen interfere in neighbourhood issues and districts interfere in policy development. Some debates are repeated.

In order to solve this, it should be made clear that policies are determined by the city government. Districts are only to provide input. In addition, the number of politicians is to be reduced, both at city and district level.

District administrators are to ‘be part of the political process’, the city government’s paper says. Newspaper AD seems to understand this as implying that they should be members of the district council. This would amount to ending the division between district government and council at the district level.

The districts and their size are not subject to debate. In May, the city council is to decide on the administrative system, which is to be implemented by 2010.


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