Cabinet presents policy plans

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14 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The cabinet finally knows what it wants to do after drawing up a coalition agreement and spending 100 days talking with organisations and citizens throughout the Netherlands. Coalition partners Wouter Bos, Andre Rouvoet and Jan Peter Balkenende presented all their plans to Parliament today.

14 June 2007

THE HAGUE – The cabinet finally knows what it wants to do after drawing up a coalition agreement and spending 100 days talking with organisations and citizens throughout the Netherlands. Coalition partners Wouter Bos, Andre Rouvoet and Jan Peter Balkenende presented all their plans to Parliament today.

The 84-page booklet contains 74 policy priorities. Much had already been leaked, but a few new things were announced. School books will be free starting in 2008, school students will be required to complete a community service internship starting this coming school year, and measures will be taken to reduce traffic congestion.

The policy programme is entitled "working together, living together," the same title given the coalition agreement. The pillars from that agreement are now worked out in further detail.

The most important objectives contained in the plans are:

-gradual introduction of free school books in secondary education from 2008
-road pricing to be introduced in phases
- five-percent growth in public transport per track
- combat drop out rate in higher education
- code of conduct for audiovisual media
- promote respectful treatment of others
- shorting waiting lists in youth care
- extra study financing for talented students
- more money for schools with students with arrears.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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