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Government presses ahead with merging provinces

Friday 14 December 2012

The cabinet has agreed to press ahead with plans to merge Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland into a single entity and draft legislation is expected to be completed by the end of next year, Nos television reports.

Home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk hopes the merger process will be completed in time for the 2015 provincial government elections.

The merger is included in the coalition government agreement. Ultimately, ministers hope the 12 provinces which make up the Netherlands will be reduced to five.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I think this is sad. the provinces are loosing their individuality as the EU countries have.

By dee | 14 December 2012 9:20 PM

@dee: completely bogus argument. Netherlands is a highly integrated country, people move to and from provinces at whim and hundreds of thousands commute across province borders. Moreover, for sake, Flevoland was created as a polder in 1959 and as a province in 1986 (!).

By A.L. | 16 December 2012 2:15 PM

Good idea, and overdue. Reducing 12 unnecessary intermediate bureaucracies to 5 is a good start. I do hope that the number of bureaucrats will be proportionally reduced!

By manuel | 23 January 2013 11:04 PM

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