What future for Amsterdam? Five questions for VVD

The VVD is a center-right liberal party currently in the country’s ruling coalition. The VVD also sits in the local government of the municipality of Amsterdam. Leader of the party is Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In the European Parliament, the VVD sits in the Alde group.
In the city of Amsterdam housing shortage is a serious issue. How does you party plan to address this topic?
The VVD plans to build 10.000 houses a year, of which 5000 for middle income earners. This is more than any other party. More houses will ease housing prices and ensure middle income earners can stay in the city.

What is your plan for traffic managing and public transport? Do you have a special plan for bike mobility?

We would like to invest in public transport, by expanding the metro network. Also ensuring that newly build residential areas are well linked to new public transports. By building underground parking, spaces can be freed to better accomodate pedestrians and cyclists. We see mobility as a combination of public transport, bicycles and cars.
Many residents are fed up of the “tourists invasion”. They believe that is no longer a win-win situation: the advantages for the economy are not compensated by the nuisances of trolleys, busies streets and
overcrowded shops and venues. A recent report from the magazine Groene Amsterdammer concluded that tourists don’t actually brung any advantage at all. What is your opinion about? do you agree with this vision? And if yes what do you think is the solution?
The tourism industry provides jobs directly and indirectly to people living in and around Amsterdam. We understand people want to visit our unique canals, famous musea and vibrant nightlife. However we want to prevent the nuisances, for instance curbing to 30 nights the maximum rental period on Airbnb. And also to only allow shops for residents in inner-city; to ban the ‘bierfiets’ and “cycle taxis”.  We would also like to hire 500 new cleaners to ensure the streets are cleaned more regularly and also we plan  to install more public toilets. This would be paid for by increasing the tourist tax.
The international community is the fastest growing in the Dutch big cities. How do you perceive the presence of this big community in your country?
Amsterdam has always been a liberal and open city, inviting in people from outside to become part of its business, creative and social factory. However we expect newcomers to participate and contribute to being part of our city’s society.
The biggest gap for full integration is the lack of knowledge of Dutch language. As learning the language is not mandatory for EU citizens how do you plan to improve involvement and participation of internationals in the democratic process?
When somebody from the EU decides to mov to Amsterdam, the easiest way to fully experience the city is by learning Dutch. This also applies to the democratic process as procedure are all in Dutch.
However as we understand some expats will only stay in the city for a few years, we prepared an English language page on our website (click here for the link)


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