aldermen

Council Chamber in Hilversum
May 28 '18 15:10

Dutch political parties just can't manage to get more diversity among their aldermen. In 2014 around 3 percent of the 1,500 aldermen in the Netherlands had a migration background. After the municipal elections in March this year, that percentage seemed to have dropped somewhat, Trouw reports based on its own research.

Over two thirds of the 335 municipalities that took part in the elections in March have now concluded their coalition negotiations and appointed their aldermen. According to Trouw, the percentage of aldermen with a migration background is now around 2 percent.

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May 3 '18 14:50

The Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen submitted a proposal to impose a toll on cars in the city center. They believe that making motorists pay to drive through the city center will be an effective measure to reduce traffic in the area, AD reports.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Nov 29 '16 14:55

The Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen wants to change the General Local Regulation in Amsterdam to make sexual harassment on the street punishable in the city. The college sent a proposal to the council with a set of measures to "make clear that Amsterdam does not tolerate (sexual) harassment on the street", Het Parool reports.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Nov 3 '16 13:00

The Amsterdam municipality is tired of the continuous political struggles in the city's seven district and is therefore implementing a new governing structure, the Telegraaf reports. In the future the municipality will appoint local leders at district levels itself. And advisory committees consisting of citizens from the 22 Amsterdam neighborhoods will keep an eye on the appointed district councils.

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Mar 16 '16 10:59

Dutch mayors and aldermen will ask for training on how to deal with aggressive, angry and violent citizens during a debate in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday. Officials already receive such training, but given the escalation in the asylum debate, city councils feel the need for it too

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Feb 11 '16 08:43

Seven percent of city councilors in the Netherlands are considering resignation due to the violence and aggression they have to deal with in the debate about asylum centers, according to a survey done by the Dutch Association of Councilors among its members

Amsterdam City Hall
Dec 17 '15 09:30

Amsterdam discovered another mistake in the city's money transfers. This time more than 5 million euros was wrongly paid in three double transfers, the mayor and aldermen wrote to the city council,

Nov 30 '15 07:51

Dutch municipalities are renewing their efforts to end a nationwide ban on regulated cannabis cultivation. The Association of Dutch Municipalities is advocating for the introduction of a municipal permits system that gives the government control over the entire cannabis chain - sale, use and production.

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Nov 11 '15 08:56

Most Housing aldermen in the 35 largest municipalities in the Netherlands believe that a change in the social housing police is necessary. They think that Housing Minister Stef Blok's idea of solving the social housing shortage problem by addressing so-called skewed living - people renting too cheaply or expensively in relation to their income - will not work.

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May 29 '15 12:20

Amsterdam is further tightening its approach to radicalization in the city. In the coming years the city will pay even more attention to making connections between Amsterdam residents, protecting vulnerable groups and individuals and addressing those in the city that pose the greatest risks, the municipality announced in a press release today.

May 26 '15 19:06

The Mayor and aldermen of Amsterdam are discussing opportunities for potentially regulating cannabis cultivation, even though the Dutch members of parliament voted against allowing municipalities to do so just last week, AT5 reported on Tuesday.

Mar 31 '15 17:31

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and aldermen of the "Sustainability in the Capital" committee banned balloon launches from all events organized in the city. The municipality also launched an information campaign about the balloons' harmful effects on environment and animal well being.

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Jan 19 '15 11:16

Last year 27 aldermen prematurely resigned due to political reasons. A third of them did so because of integrity problems, such as the appearance of conflict of interest or unethical actions. That is more than in previous years.

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Nov 25 '14 10:33

Acting Mayor Midden-Drenthe Ton Baas (VVD) has said no to 1,400 asylum seekers getting shelter in the Drenthe village of Oranje.

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Mar 25 '14 15:39

Hundreds of people flocked to the police department in Nijmegen on Tuesday to report Geert Wilders en-masse. The council of mayors and aldermen had earlier called on the city to join them as they marched on the department to report discrimination.

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