Climate policy rules Forum out of Noord-Holland coalition talks


There is little chance that nationalist party Forum voor Democratie will be part of the coalition to run the Noord-Holland provincial council, negotiator Hans Smits has said.

Forum, the right-wing Liberal VVD and the left-wing green GroenLinks all emerged with nine seats after last month’s provincial council elections, with Forum winning slightly more votes than the other two parties.

However, given Forum’s stance on the environment – the party wants an end to solar and wind power projects – there is a ‘fundamental difference’ with the other parties, Smits said, after holding a first round of talks.

There is, therefore, ‘no point’ in holding further talks to put together a coalition which involves Forum, the former Schiphol airport boss said.

In Zuid-Holland, where Forum was also the biggest party, talks are underway to form a coalition around the new party and the VVD.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation