Amsterdam testing ground for new policy

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27 February 2007, AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam wants the new government to use the capital as a testing ground for the ambitions contained in the coalition accord.

27 February 2007

AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam wants the new government to use the capital as a testing ground for the ambitions contained in the coalition accord.

"We would applaud it if the government would dare to experiment with Amsterdam," Mayor Job Cohen wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Monday.

The mayor mentioned several projects in which the capital would like to set the trend, including the introduction of road pricing to contribute to better air quality and performance contracts with educational institutions in order to reduce drop out rates.

Amsterdam also wants to cooperate with improving integration processes. The assimilation model that the city has had in place for a number of years could serve as example.

Cohen also has high hopes for neighbourhood improvement. "Fragmentation can be combated with some room for experimentation and good cooperation in urban and social renewal," he said.

The capital also wants to contribute to the priority programme for the Randstad on water storage, nature conservation in the Green Heart, and accessibility in the Schiphol-Amsterdam-Almere-Utrecht  corridor of the Randstad area.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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