Cohen wants return of national service

31st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen is urging that the compulsory national service be reintroduced. He also wants to be able to intervene in families whose children are in trouble. He said this on Thursday in an interview with the Telegraaf.

31 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen is urging that the compulsory national service be reintroduced. He also wants to be able to intervene in families whose children are in trouble. He said this on Thursday in an interview with the Telegraaf.

"If you see how long it takes for care workers to get involved, and how children in some families go off the tracks one by one, I think to myself, 'this isn't good.' Police, justice officials, the care institutions, they are all working to solve this, everyone is doing their best, but it has to happen quicker. One person has to be authorised to finally say: 'this is how we're going to do it.' The mayor should be the person to make that decision," Cohen says.

The mayor wants to discuss his proposal with Minister for Youth and Family Affairs André Rouvoet. Cohen thinks the mayor should have the authority to remove a child from the home and enrol them at a boarding school, if this is deemed necessary.

"There is a group of young people in Amsterdam that is going in the wrong direction and something really must be done about that. Agencies like youth welfare and child protection look out for the interests of the individual and do not consider the trouble they cause for others."

Cohen thinks that compulsory national service could be good for a great many young people. As far as he is concerned people with two nationalities could choose either to serve in the Netherlands or the country of their family's origin.

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