Dutch parliament to debate on banning fireworks

9th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

More than 40,000 people have voted in favour of banning private fireworks in a first digital citizen initiative proposal, making it mandatory to be debated in parliament.

THE HAGUE – Parliament will hold a debate on whether to stop private individuals from letting off fireworks and allow only professional displays.

On 1 January, two city councillors from Rotterdam and The Hague submitted a proposal entitled "More pleasure with fewer fireworks", using the new Dutch digital citizen initiative scheme. Already more than 40,000 people have backed the idea of banning private fireworks.

The internet citizen initiative is a new system endorsed by the Lower House last December, allowing members of the electorate to submit proposals to change legislation.

Any law or policy can be altered, provided the change is not against the constitution and does not concern taxation. If the motion gets the support of 40,000 signatories, it has to be debated in parliament.

The instigators of the first digital proposal, both members of the Green Left party, said fireworks cause unnecessary injuries and damage the environment. In their opinion, fireworks should be left to the professionals.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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