What to do with EUR 150 million?
The Dutch cabinet has realised there is an extra EUR 150 million that has yet to be allocated.2 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The cabinet has discovered that it has an extra EUR 150 million to spend.
The three governing coalition parties will meet with Finance Minister Wouter Bos Wednesday to submit their plans for what to do with the money.
The Labour Party wants to spend EUR 50 million on the fight against poverty. It wants local councils to help the people within their authority suffering from the rising food and energy prices.
The Christian Democrats would like to put EUR 50 million towards the preservation of the country's cultural and industrial heritage. In particular, the party would like to help with the reconstruction of St Bavo Cathedral in Haarlem, St Peter's church in Leiden, De Haar castle in Utrecht and the hydropower plant in Roermond.
The Christian Union would like to help more women escape from prostitution and to provide extra relief for teenage mothers. It would also like to deepen a sea channel in Friesland to make the harbour of Harlingen more accessible.
All the proposals will be discussed with Bos on Wednesday evening in a debate about the interim budget report.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]