Belgians, Dutch discuss drugs policies
22 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Dutch MPs met with Belgian municipal and justice authorities in the town of Lanaken on Monday to discuss the cross-border aspects of the Dutch drugs policy.
22 May 2006
BRUSSELS — Dutch MPs met with Belgian municipal and justice authorities in the town of Lanaken on Monday to discuss the cross-border aspects of the Dutch drugs policy.
It is the first time that a hearing of the Dutch Parliament's justice committee took place outside of the Netherlands. Lanaken is situated in the Belgian province of Limburg.
The hearing focused on the cross-border problems of the Dutch drugs policy and the Netherlands' toleration of cannabis plantations.
A contentious issue was also the proposal raised by Maastricht Mayor Gerd Leers to move seven 'coffee shops' closer to the Belgian border.
Coffee shops refer to tolerated cannabis retail outlets in the Netherlands and the new locations will soon be made public.
"I have a good understanding with Mayor Leers, except when it comes to soft drugs," Lanaken Mayor Alex Vangronsveld said.
"We maintain in Lanaken a zero tolerance policy. The dispersal plan from Leers is not acceptable for us. Maastricht already has 4,500 drug tourists a day."
Other speakers at the hearing included the Belgian mayors of Maasmechelen, Voeren and Riemst, news agency Belga reported.
The Hasselt public prosecutor Marc Rubens and the Tongeren prosecutor Ivo Delbrouck were also scheduled to address the hearing, as was the Maastricht mayor.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news