Almere councillors query cost of Queen's visit
17 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Municipal councillors in Almere have questioned the proposed cost of hosting a visit by Queen Beatrix to the city for Queen's Day.
17 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — Municipal councillors in Almere have questioned the proposed cost of hosting a visit by Queen Beatrix to the city for Queen's Day.
The executive council (the mayor and aldermen) has earmarked EUR 650,000 for the festivities on 29 April, but the city council has refused to sanction this. The councillors are demanding to know what exactly the money will be used for.
A council spokesperson said on Friday the money is not only intended for the visit of the royal family. Some of the funds will also pay for all the festive activities in the city on Queen's Day. "We don't have an Oranjevereniging [Orangist Association) here so we have outsource everything and that costs more money," the spokesperson said.
The executive has been told to provide a break down of the costs before the council takes a decision. "But I expect they will sanction the expenditure. You can't really cancel Queen Beatrix," he said.
Almere is built on land reclaimed from the IJsselmeer lake to the east of Amsterdam.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news