Local chambers of commerce face axe
31 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Junior Economics Affairs Minister Karien van Gennip has announced a major shake up of the chamber of commerce (kamers van koophandel) system.
31 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — Junior Economics Affairs Minister Karien van Gennip has announced a major shake up of the chamber of commerce (kamers van koophandel) system.
She told parliament in a letter on Wednesday that the total of 21 regional chambers will be "substantially reduced" as the system had to operate in an "more efficient and effective manner".
She said that chambers - which support local businesses in their area - had to carry out more tasks on a national level.
"The aim is more uniformity in terms of price and quality of the services provided by chambers of commerce," Van Gennip said. Employers group VNO-NCW has sought a reduction of the fees for some time.
The central organisation of chambers of commerce has welcomed the minister's plans. "This vision is in line with the drive for professionalism that was initiated by the chambers themselves several years ago." it said.
Most of the regional chambers will disappear in mergers into larger entities.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news