New government gets down to business

After the pomp and ceremony of Thursday afternoon, the new cabinet (16 full ministers) held its first meeting on Friday. Meanwhile more details have emerged about the exact division of responsibilities within the new government.

The sensitive portfolios containing Dutch Rail (NS) and Schiphol airport will now fall under Christian Democrat transport minister Camiel Eurlings rather than the junior minister, as in the last cabinet.
Eurlings will also have responsibility for what the Telegraaf describes as two ‘headache’ portfolios, the HSL and Betuwe railway projects. Junior transport minister Tineke Huizinga will concentrate on public transport and maritime issues.
ChristenUnie’s André Rouvoet, who has the new job of youth and family affairs minister, will operate within several different ministries including justice, education and employment. He will have a budget of €6bn, the state information service RVD said.
Rouvoet and junior education minister Sharon Dijkstra have already announced plans to hold a summit on children’s issues later this year.
The title of new integration minister Ella Vogelaar was also changed yesterday. Instead of being minister of integration and urban renewal, she is minister of living, neighbourhoods and integration.

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