Utrecht calls for joint Randstad government

18th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The province of Utrecht has urged for the formation of one governmental authority for the Randstad region.

18 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — The province of Utrecht has urged for the formation of one governmental authority for the Randstad region.

Utrecht said its preference would be a merger of the four Randstad provinces, Utrecht, Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Flevoland.

The statement from the Utrecht provincial government on Friday was at odds with a proposal from Noord-Holland, which earlier this week said it favours a merger with Utrecht and Flevoland.

According to Noord-Holland, the province of Zuid-Holland did not belong with the yet to be established Randstad government, which will be called Noordvleugel Autoriteit (North Wing Authority).

Currently, Noord-Holland is the only province advocating Zuid-Holland's exclusion from the Randstad authority.

The Zuid-Holland government has also advised Interior Minister Johan Remkes to merge the four Randstad provinces. 

Flevoland is currently studying the situation and has not yet made a definitive decision, a spokesman said on Friday.

Utrecht said merging the Randstad governments would improve the international competitiveness of the region, which includes the nation's four largest cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

It said further that the worsening problem of traffic jams in the Randstad required a joint administration.

Remkes aims to make a decision about the so-called 'middle government' before the 2007 national elections.

The middle level of government will form a new administration level between the national government and municipalities, replacing the role of the current provinces.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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