Amsterdam metro in need of funds
Transport Minister Huizinga is considering pumping more money into the already costly Amsterdam Metro.
AMSTERDAM—Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga has not ruled out the possibility that the state will provide Amsterdam with extra financial support to complete the construction of the city's North-South metro line.
In an emergency parliamentary debate on Wednesday, she said she was waiting for the recommendations of the Veerman Commission. The commission is investigating, together with the Amsterdam city council, how to proceed with the construction of the metro line.
The Christian Democrats, the conservative VVD party and the Freedom Party said they wanted assurances from Huizinga that Amsterdam would receive no more money. But the minister refused to make such a commitment. She also said she was considering the possibility that the city would be asked to repay government money.
Three weeks ago, Amsterdam city councillor Tjeerd Herrema resigned in the wake of new financial setbacks to the project.