Prime minister calls for crisis law
At a conference of his Christian Democratic CDA party, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has said he wants to introduce a special crisis law allowing the government to cut across red tape.THE HAGUE - At present, many projects involving major investments are delayed by time-consuming bureaucratic procedures.
The prime minister said he wanted to draw up a crisis law together with the traffic and housing ministers because decisiveness was vital these days.
In a speech, Balkenende said now was not the time for party politics: "We must work together and have faith in each other. That is the recipe for wealth and prosperity".
Earlier, the delegates at the party conference gave the CDA leadership a free hand to conduct negotiations on a stimulus package with coalition partners PvdA (Labour Party) and the Christian Union.
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