Consultation processes ‘paralyse’ says PM

The Netherlands has become ‘paralysed’ by long-winded consultation processes so that it is increasingly difficult to take decisions and make changes, said prime minister Jan Peter Balkendende on Thursday.

The prime minister was speaking at the annual conference of the employers organisation VNO-NCW.
Balkenende wants the Netherlands to be among the most dynamic and competitive countries in the world by 2020 but ‘this requires courage’ he is reported as saying by ANP news service.
He called in particular for a faster tempo when it comes to major infrastructural projects such as new roads. ‘We have the tendency to think endlessly about various options and spend all our time on research, studies and internal skirmishes,’ he said.
Balkendende added that acting faster does not mean less quality.

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