Cabinet wants ‘improvements’ after BBB win, but unclear how

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Cabinet wants ‘improvements’ after BBB win, but unclear how

After the historic victory of newcomer the BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) ​​in all provinces and the heavy losses of the four coalition parties in the Provincial Council elections, the cabinet has announced that it wants to make improvements to issues that are of concern to voters. Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) made this announcement after a meeting of the top of the cabinet.

Among other things, the cabinet wants to look at major current dossiers, such as the people of Groningen who have been duped by natural gas extraction, the handling of the surcharge scandal and the nitrogen crisis. It is not yet known exactly what improvements the cabinet wants to implement. Rutte acknowledged after the consultation that it is not possible to make the ‘perfect analysis’, but that the cabinet does have an idea of ​​what signal the voter has sent.

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According to political reporter Leendert Beekman, it is ‘quite weird’ that something ‘has to be done’ in the country. ‘They also have to agree with each other, for example about nitrogen. If you agree on that, you can move towards a solution. But they still don’t agree on that, even though the signal is clear: ‘we’re not just going to talk about nitrogen’.’

The popularity of the BBB is seen as an expression of unease and recent reports indicate that there is regional inequality in the Netherlands. The government wonders whether politics is there for everyone in the Netherlands and concludes that this is not enough. The consultation lasted almost four hours and, according to Rutte, was a ‘more fundamental discussion’ about the unease in society that has been going on for much longer.

Coalition agreement remains in effect

The coalition agreement will not be broken, according to Rutte, but the cabinet does want to see how nitrogen emissions can be reduced. The consultations were also in preparation for the parliamentary debate on the election results on 4 April, which had been requested by the entire opposition. He wants to know which way the government is going with policy now that the BBB has become a major factor in the provinces and soon in the Senate.

The cabinet is expected to send a letter to the House of Representatives on Friday about the improvements it wants to make to the major current dossiers. According to Rutte, it is a complex issue that has been bothering the cabinet for a long time, but it hopes to regain voter confidence with these steps.

After the historic victory of newcomer the BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) ​​in all provinces and the heavy losses of the four coalition parties in the Provincial Council elections, the cabinet has announced that it wants to make improvements to issues that are of concern to voters. Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) made this announcement after a meeting of the top of the cabinet. (ANP / Dirk Hol)

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