Dutch Senate rejects new law regulating builders
A majority in the Senate has rejected the new law which aims to prevent price-fixing by construction firms, claiming it is an empty bill.10 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - A majority in the Dutch Senate has rejected a new law regulating building contractors.
Government coalition partner the Labour Party, voted against the bill along with the opposition Socialist Party, Democrats 66 and conservative VVD.
Economic Affairs Minister Maria van der Hoeven defended the bill on the grounds that it was needed to prevent fraud in the building sector.
It might not be ideal , she said, but the "integrity check" it includes could have prevented the major fraud scandal a few years ago involving price-fixing by construction companies.
Its opponents claim it is an 'empty' bill.
Last week, 250 civil servants placed an advertisement in a Dutch newspaper expressing opposition to the bill and criticising the government for creating too many rules and regulations.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]