No policy taboos for minority cabinet, CDA and VVD say
6 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — The new Cabinet has to realise it will not have a majority in parliament, but nevertheless must try to deal with as many issues as possible, the leaders of the two government parties said on Thursday.
6 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — The new Cabinet has to realise it will not have a majority in parliament, but nevertheless must try to deal with as many issues as possible, the leaders of the two government parties said on Thursday.
The Christian Democrat (CDA) - Liberal (VVD) coalition government is to have its debut on Friday as MPs are asked to ratify it.
Parliamentary party leaders Maxime Verhagen (CDA) and Mark Rutte (VVD) met with incoming Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Thursday. They discussed the agenda for the months leading up to the general election on 22 November.
"No taboos but modesty," Verhagen said. Rutte agreed there would be "no limitations in advance" as they didn't want "little lists" of the policies could not deal with.
Verhagen said the discussion with Balkenende dealt mainly with the division of ministerial posts and about the government declaration to be unveiled in parliament on Friday.
The government will have to display some fancy footwork as the various opposition parties it needs to draw support from have differing views about key reforms. To make matters more complicated, some controversial legislation is before MPs and some is being dealt with in the Senate.
New media legislation championed by former coalition partner D66 is likely to be the first causality. None of the other parties are keen on the reforms it proposes.
The controversial plan to build a road link around or under Naardermeer (Narder Lake) is more problematic. The populist LPF is insisting the government go ahead with the road, while small Christian party ChristenUnie has indicated it may withhold support from the government if the project proceeds.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news