Much criticism of Vogelaar's plans

18th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2007, THE HAGUE – Parliament is disappointed at Housing, Communities and Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar's plans to improve problem neighbourhoods. Vogelaar has not mentioned any concrete measures and fails to elaborate on how the plan will be financed, the factions of Christian democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and Socialist SP said on Tuesday.

18 July 2007

THE HAGUE – Parliament is disappointed at Housing, Communities and Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar's plans to improve problem neighbourhoods. Vogelaar has not mentioned any concrete measures and fails to elaborate on how the plan will be financed, the factions of Christian democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and Socialist SP said on Tuesday.

"There is nothing concrete in the approach and there aren't any resources," CDA MP Bas Jan van Bochove sums up the criticism. VVD MP Brigitte van der Burg says the plan consists of "vague proposals and countless consultation structures. The pot of gold is missing." SP MP Paulus Jansen says the plan is a "dead paper."

The cabinet is demanding that housing corporations invest EUR 3 billion in the problem neighbourhoods in the coming four years. Negotiations between Vogelaar and the housing corporation association Aedes are not going smoothly however. An accord was supposed to be ready last week. The talks have now been pushed back until after the summer.

Insiders say the delay is mainly due to a difference of opinion between Vogelaar and fellow Labour PvdA member Finance Minister Wouter Bos. The deputy prime minister purportedly wants to impose a tax on the housing corporations. Vogelaar however is willing to give the social housing companies some say in how the billions of euro are spent. Aedes is fiercely opposed to a tax.

Van Bochove says that there is also tension between the two ministers. "An argument is gradually building up between two PvdA ministers," he said. The CDA MP urges that Vogelaar "quickly settle things with Aedes."

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Subject: Dutch news

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