Dutch senators block rushed law

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Senators in the Dutch Upper House are refusing to rush through legislation making it possible for the government to charge citizens for ID cards.

There has always been a charge for the provision of the cards, but at the beginning of September, the Supreme Court ruled that the cards should in fact be issued free. There was then a rush on the cards, with people applying for them en masse.

Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner has drawn up legislation to allow for a charge to be made for the provision of the cards. The Lower House is expected to pass this on Wednesday.

Too quickly Mr Donner wanted the Upper House to rush the legislation through in a similar manner, but senators are refusing to be bounced into a decision. They say that he is going too quickly and should give proper consideration to a ruling from the Supreme Court.

The minority government relies on the support of the small rightwing religious SGP party to give it a slim majority in the Upper House. However, the SGP also says the minister should take time to evaluate the Supreme Court’s ruling.

45 euros Local authorities can set their own charge rate for the cards, which is usually around 45 euros for a card with a five-year validity.

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