Efforts to cut council red tape crumble

Just four out of the 441 local authority areas in the Netherlands have met a government target on cutting red tape, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

By July 1, every council should have implemented a basic registration system for information about the use and ownership of buildings within their administration area, known as BAG.
The BAG register contains often-used personal information and the names and addresses of companies and the owners of buildings and land.
The aim of the system is to improve the service to locals and businesses by storing such information centrally.
The FD says the environment ministry has now extended the deadline to 2011.

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