100 Volendam victims agree to damages plan

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26 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — About 100 victims of the Volendam New Year's Eve fire approved on Wednesday night a plan for cafe boss Jan Veerman to sell his premises and donate the money to victims of the tragic fire that erupted in his business more than three years ago, killing 14 youths.

26 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — About 100 victims of the Volendam New Year's Eve fire approved on Wednesday night a plan for cafe boss Jan Veerman to sell his premises and donate the money to victims of the tragic fire that erupted in his business more than three years ago, killing 14 youths.

The provisional deal will involve Edam-Volendam Council buying the premises where café De Hemel was located for EUR 2.9 million, of which about EUR 1.9 million will remain after mortgage costs are deducted.

Part of the money will be deposited in a special victims fund and the remainder will be donated to the victims’ lobby group, which will channel the funds onto the victims of the 31 December 2000 blaze, newspaper De Volkskrant reported.

Veerman has also agreed to make available part of the profits of his other businesses for the Volendam victims. No café may be allowed to operate in the premises where the fire broke out for the next 50 years.

The municipal council will also deposit EUR 700,000 into the victims fund it established in May, promising also to deposit another EUR 40,000 on an annual basis for the next 40 years.

The money is to be used for medical treatment and psychiatric care of the victims, who are not being compensated via existing legal channels.
 
But as a pre-condition, the municipal authority said all 214 pending legal procedures against the council and Veerman must be abandoned.

The victims' lobby group, Belangenvereniging Slachtoffers Nieuwjaarsbrand Volendam (BSNV), must formally ask all 360 victims permission to formally agree to the deal. A vote is expected to be held at the start of November.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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