Local elections 2018: what the parties have to say about jobs

Local elections 2018: what the parties have to say about jobs

Ahead of the March 21 local elections, we asked the main parties in the 10 Dutch cities with the biggest international populations to set out their position on three key issues: housing, integration and jobs. Here are their answers to the question: 'what will your party do to encourage more companies to set up in business in your region and create more jobs?' D66 Haarlem D66 Haarlem wants to make sure Haarlem is a city where people want to live and work (by investing in culture and for example, our new international school), where we make legislation transparent and well accessible (to make it easy to start a new business) and where we invest in infrastructure, for car, bike and public transport (to keep the city moving). VVD Haarlem Entrepreneurs are indispensable for Haarlem. More businesses mean more jobs. Our entrepreneurs invest in new ideas and innovative techniques. If our local enterprises do well, than Haarlem does well. We believe that entrepreneurs themselves know best how to run their companies. They do not need the local government to tell them. We are in favour of less red tape and lower taxes. Partij voor de Dieren, Leiden We don't believe that we need more companies in Leiden. We need other companies in Leiden. We need companies that can contribute to transforming Leiden into a sustainable city. Therefore, we propose to develop an innovative recruitment policy for sustainable companies. On the other hand: companies that do not contribute to sustainable urban development, are encouraged to go elsewhere. PvdA Leiden Leiden is a real centre of knowledge, thanks to its international university and bioscience park. Over the coming years, the PvdA wants to continue investing in attracting foreign firms to Leiden. For that we need the facilities – such as international schools and childcare. We also want to host more international events and activities in our inner city. D66, The Hague The Hague’s unique character offers a lot in terms of the economy and jobs. As a council we must invest in the city in a focused way and give entrepreneurs the room and opportunities to grow. In addition, D66 focuses on the international character of our city, on innovation and one sustainability. From startup to multinational, everyone should be able to locate in The Hague and develop. We also want to do more to cut red tape. PvdA,The Hague We are proud that our jobs plan facilitated 10,000 new jobs in The Hague. However, many people in our city are still unable to find proper work, or depend on underpaid jobs that offer no sense of security. Even though encouraging large businesses and international organisations to come to The Hague helps academics find jobs, this does not work in the same way for people with a more practical educational background.  So, it is important to keep investing in our local economy, small businesses and jobs in the public sector such as health care, education and green maintenance. The gap between the income of people in the workplace and that of directors is becoming wider and wider. That’s why the municipality will not work with organisations and businesses where managers and directors earn wages higher than those earned by government ministers. We will invest in jobs in the public sector: in healthcare, in education, in housing and sustainability. GroenLinks, The Hague The Hague is known as the City of Peace and Justice. We aim to change this into City of Peace, Justice and Sustainability. GroenLinks wants The Hague to actively pursue (international) sustainable companies, environmental organisations and organisations fighting climate change. We believe that green growth is the way forward. GroenLinks strives to be climate neutral in 2030. Insulating all of our houses and buildings and switching to clean energy and heating is a huge challenge but it also offers unique opportunities. It will provide at least 5,000 jobs over the next few years while making our city a better place to live, not just for us but also for the generations to come. GroenLinks Amsterdam We want Amsterdam to create more jobs and be a leader in the sustainable economy. Therefor the city needs to invest in innovation and green entrepreneurship. That’s why we want to set up a green science and business park in Amsterdam, give sustainable entrepreneurs affordable working spaces and support them with investments in renewable energy. By 2022 we want to install one million solar panels for example. The roofs of companies can and should play a vital role in this transition. VVD Amsterdam The VVD would like companies, from big to small, from start-up to social enterprise to flourish in Amsterdam. Our aim is to make Amsterdam even more attractive for people to start a company or for companies and entrepreneurs to expand and create jobs. Therefore, we are looking to cut unnecessary rules and permits and ensure better access and support for business owners at municipal offices. Municipal tenders should be more geared towards small- and medium sized enterprises. And we would like to facilitate investments in start-ups centers, especially those that manufacture goods and create jobs. STIP (student party) Delft STIP wants to improve the business climate in Delft. Delft is full of knowledge and we want to put that to good use, our city must become the national High Tech Capital. We will test the newest technologies in Delft and bring our institutes of knowledge, such as the TU Delft, closer together. We aim to create more space for manufacturing companies and draw more (international) high tech companies to our city. That way we can create jobs on all levels of skill, practical and theoretical. To attract more companies and workers STIP believes it is important to have a lively city filled with events, affordable housing, international education (both primary and secondary) and good service for international citizens. CDA Delft It is very important for the local economy that new business set up in our city and stay here. This is one of the reasons that the CDA has doubts about plans to develop 15,000 new homes. Recently, in the city council there was a discussion about Schieoevers, a large business park in Delft, which accounts for 10% of local jobs. The local governments wanted to build thousands of new houses on Schieoevers. But this can endanger the activities of companies, because there are strict regulations about industry near houses (e.g. regulations about allowed noise, but also about working with dangerous substances). Building so many new houses on Schieoevers could imply losing businesses and hence losing jobs. The CDA, together with a majority of the city council, chooses  jobs over houses for Schieoevers. Houses are allowed but only if it is guaranteed that these new houses will not impact on industry. D66 Delft D66 wants to improve the business climate of the city for international companies. Delft is an international city with many expats. The presence of internationally oriented education is an important reason for expats and international knowledge companies to come to Delft. D66 therefore wants to encourage that. In addition to the international primary school, international secondary education will also be offered in Delft. GroenLinks Delft GroenLinks actively supports companies from around the world in establishing themselves in our city. We do this in cooperation with the regional Innovation Quarter. GroenLinks wants to strengthen this cooperation and make Delft an even more attractive place to do business, for example at Technopolis, which provides an interesting environment for innovative companies. GroenLinks also works to keep Delft a green, livable city for their employees, with excellent education and cultural amenities. SP Delft People starting their own business is great in terms of jobs, but doesn't need to be subsidised by the local authorities. They have done this in the past years and it hasn't lead to substantial economic growth. What we should do is to create jobs by executing important tasks as healthcare at home, waste collection or transport for elderly people as a local authority ourselves. This will help citizens in two ways: making a better, social city and providing jobs and decreasing the amount of social security needed. This will also lead to economic prosperity. VVD Delft The VVD wants to bring manufacturing industry to Delft, where people with all levels of education can work. We will do this by cutting red tape, developing industrial estates and creating a good climate to relocate. PvdA Eindhoven The Brainport region has shown itself to be the most successful economic region in the Netherlands over the past few years and it would be fairly easy to ‘copy and paste’ the ingredients of our success from our international Brainport-sites. Despite our economic success, not everyone shares in the benefits. Long-term unemployment is a growing problem for several specific groups on our labour market. In our view work is the basis of happy life. It allows us pay for our homes, food, sports, entertainment, etcetera. It leads to social contacts. People with long-term unemployment deserve all this as well. That’s why we’ll fully support businesses that give these groups new opportunities, and put a focus on creating jobs for these groups in the next few years. GroenLinks Eindhoven Eindhoven has become the second economic region of the Netherlands. More and more companies want to settle here. For GroenLinks it is important that we attract companies with plenty of jobs for socially-responsible and sustainable employers. Therefore a vibrant cultural climate and enough sports facilities for everyone are necessary. Next to that it’s important that we make big steps in choosing sustainable solutions, so that we increase the livability of the city, its green character and its appeal to both residents and visitors. CDA Eindhoven We are proud of our city and its brains…a lot of expats contribute to this healthy economical system every single day. This environment creates the most skilled workers, the smart inventors, designers and quick masterminds. We need these inquisitive and smart minds, now and in the future. VVD Rotterdam We want Rotterdam to be the start-up capital of the Netherlands. To accomplish this, we look at a lot of factors. We want to improve the accessibility of our city by car, public transport and bike. Children should learn to code in primary school, so that they are prepared for the labour market of the future. Erasmus University should remain one of the best universities in the world because it attracts great minds. Finally, we want to reduce red tape in the government so that it is easier to start your own business. This will attract new companies and create jobs. However, we should keep in mind those who become unemployed due to new technology in the harbor. Educating them to be able to work in other kinds of jobs will help them to stay employed. We want the government to facilitate, not provide, lifelong learning programs. PvdA Rotterdam The PvdA strongly believes in people/planet/profit business models. That’s why we are going full force on sustainability and the circular economy. By creating an eco-system which encourages sustainability but also by investing in the quality of the labour force by cooperating with the educational institutions and setting up training funds for all Rotterdammers. That way we not only create new jobs but improve the existing labour force market (supply and demand). Our party will encourage companies to move or set up their business in Rotterdam by focusing on more efficient permit approvals and flexible destination planning. In addition, the PvdA will boost the sustainable economy by setting up an investment fund for green start-ups.   CDA Amstelveen We foster an open entrepreneurial business climate for both multinationals and startups. Amstelveen, together with Amsterdam, organised multiple trade missions abroad, including those to Asia. In the past, this has encouraged multinationals to invest in Amstelveen, creating jobs and prosperity. At the same time, we have a keen eye for entrepreneurs that want to start their own business. We promote ensuring that sufficient business housing is available and new entrepreneurs are introduced in various networks to find potential customers and reliable suppliers. Being an entrepreneur with a medium sized business myself, I am aware that the support of the local government can be very helpful. The city of Amstelveen has a facility for new entrepreneurs where they can obtain advice, and this should be accessible to expats too. CDA Utrecht The CDA Utrecht wants to attract more companies to Utrecht. CDA wants to reduce the administrative burden for companies by eliminating unnecessary rules. More and more companies in Utrecht are already attracting expats. We are happy and proud that so many expats choose Utrecht as a place to live and work. But there is still a lot of work to do for local politics. The process of attracting of expats goes well, but there is room for improvement. Therefore the CDA in Utrecht wants better provision of services to expats and international companies. This means for example that the municipality should address the expats in English, and that all communication should be available in English as well. We approached 75 different parties in the 10 cities with the most DutchNews.nl readers, where elections are taking place. In total, we contacted 220 party workers by email. This article is based on the replies received by March 16.  More >

Minister welcomes teen death powder probe

Local elections 2018: what the parties have to say about jobs Health minister Hugo de Jonge has welcomed the public prosecution department's decision to investigate the suicide of a 19-year-old woman using a powder bought on the internet. The young woman from Brabant killed herself three weeks ago and the public prosecutor wants to know if a right to die cooperative which claims to distribute the 'suicide powder' was involved in supplying the drug. De Jonge said the death is 'extremely worrying'. The Last Will Cooperative is on the verge of operating irresponsibly and may be committing a criminal offence, he said. The girl's parents told Trouw earlier this week that the powder should not be freely available. 'It makes it very easy for someone to take such a step,' the girl's father said. The cooperative hit the headlines last September with the ‘discovery’ of the deadly powder - a widely-available preservative - which is legally available. The group campaigns for the right of people to end their own lives at the time of their choosing. Membership of the cooperative surged after the announcement, but it  came under fire for allowing people as young as 18 to join and for breaking the law which bans people from helping others to commit suicide.  More >

Local elections 2018: Eindhoven English

Local elections 2018: what the parties have to say about jobs Earlier this week, Eindhoven local broadcaster Omroep Brabant ran a story about 'expats being completely forgotten in the local elections', but according to DutchNews.nl research at least seven of the city's main parties have published English summaries of their manifestos, including the populist Leefbaar Eindhoven. Eindhoven's expat center even organised a meeting earlier this month where internationals could find out more about the elections and what the parties have to offer. The city's local news service Eindhoven News is also following the elections closely. Nevertheless the city's mayor John Jorritsma has pledged to do more to involve the city's internationals - over 18,000 have the right to vote on March 21 - in Eindhoven's political life. The changes will first be felt next year, when the European and provincial government elections take place as well as elections for the water boards. Airport In terms of the big issues this year, on Friday the left-leaning city council said it wanted to see a local tax on flights from Eindhoven's booming airport. The cash raised would be used to improve the quality of life in the region, such as by insulating homes, according to a report in the Volkskrant. A special 'Eindhoven Night Debate' earlier this week focused attention on efforts to improve the city's nightlife. Like many of the Netherlands' student towns, opening hours, permits and red tape are top of the issue list for some sections of society and most of the parties seem to agree that action is needed. The VVD and D66 want fewer rules to govern nightlife while Denk wants them to be abolished altogether, according to a report in the Eindhovens Dagblad. Housing too is a key issue. Eindhoven also has the dubious honour of being included in a competition to find the worst local election slogans. 'Relax, kies Toine en betaal minder Tax!' (relax, vote for Toine and pay less tax), the work of Toine Aarts, a hopeful for local party Forum040, is one of the 10 slogans nominated for the top prize. Current council coalition:  PvdA, D66, SP, GroenLinks Current council make-up:  PvdA (8), D66 (7),  VVD (6), SP (5), OuderenAppèl (5), CDA (4), GroenLinks (4), Leefbaar Eindhoven (2), Brede Beweging LinksOm (2), Lijst Pim Fortuyn (1), CU (1) Total number of voters: 181,339 Number of international voters: 18,353 or 10% - equivalent to 4.5 seats on the city council 2018 local election information in English Eindhoven, key issues: housing, integration and jobs CDA manifesto summary PvdA manifesto summary GroenLinks manifesto summary D66 manifesto summary SP manifesto summary (pdf) VVD manifesto summary Leefbaar Eindhoven (pdf)  More >

Winter poised to return this weekend

Local elections 2018: what the parties have to say about jobs Although spring officially starts on March 21, winter is set to make a return this weekend, with freezing temperatures and snow, weather forecasters say. On Friday there may be some light snow in the north later in the day, while the overnight temperature is set to plunge to -5 degrees in the east. The strong easterly winds will make it feel even colder. On Saturday the temperature will hover around freezing point during the day but it will feel much more chilly in the wind, which could reach gale force in the Wadden Sea. If the maximum temperature dips below 1.2 degrees at the De Bilt weather station near Hilversum on Saturday will be the coldest March 17 on record. The KNMI says snow is also likely. Sunday will be warmer and the wind will die down, but the temperatures will still be far from spring-like and night frosts will continue well into the week, according to the KNMI. Temperatures will remain below normal into the final week of March, the KNMI said.  More >

Dutch police break up dark web drugs gang

Dutch police break up major dark web drugs gang, four arrested Police in the Netherlands say they have broken up a gang which was trading large volumes of illegal drugs on the dark web all over the world. The three men and one woman were arrested in Amsterdam and Werkendam earlier this week and will appear before remand judges on Friday. Three of those arrested were online processing orders at the time of their arrest. The fourth was producing what the police said were packaging materials using 3D printers when she was picked up. The case is a follow up on the dismantling of a dark web drugs network known as Hansa last year, police said. One of the seller accounts, named Doug Hefferman, was based in the Netherlands and appeared to be responsible for selling cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs. The four people arrested on Tuesday are said to be the operators behind that name and a string of others which moved to a new dark web market place named Dream Market when Hansa was shut down. Disguise They are suspected of sending tens of thousands of packets of drugs all over the world disguised as makeup, print cartridges and computer games. The related administration system includes the addresses of potentially thousands of buyers, the police statement said. Police also confiscated three cars, a considerable amount of drugs, a gun and bitcoin receipts. Doug Hefferman is the main character from the American comedy The King of Queens who is a delivery worker.  More >