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English – D66 in Amsterdam Centre

D66 is the progressive liberal party in The Netherlands. Currently we have seven seats in the district council of Amsterdam Centre and one aldermen. Our ambition is to grow at the coming elections of 19 March 2014 so that we remain an influential party Amsterdam Centre.

Below you will see what our main ambitions are for the coming years.

Education

For D66 education is the main priority as it provides children and adults as well the platform to use their potential and talent and prepare them for their jobs in the future. In our district D66 wants:

  • A place on a school of choice. At popular schools more places for children have to be created. If there are still too many applications, fair criteria should be set, like brothers and sisters on the school or distance.
  • Extra attention should be paid to children with excellent results or children with a language delay. For example through bridging courses, buddy projects and summer schools.
  • The differences between various schools should be transparent. This goes further then only using test results like CITO. Parents should get information about the achievements of schools in order to make deliberate choices. D66 wants to draft qualitative criteria together with the municipality.
  • More community schools where children can go to from morning till evening. The first step could be made by connecting school care and kindergartens with primary schools. Ultimately also sports, music lessons and other activities are connected to the same school building.

Housing

The housing market in Amsterdam as a whole and in Amsterdam Centre specific offers not enough choice for its residents. In our district D66 wants:

  • Measures to keep and enhance the monuments and cultural and architectural heritage
  • For new constructions, we require high quality (modern or traditional) architecture
  • Continue to create living space above shops because it yields additional homes and makes the shopping streets safer and more lively.
  • More life-proof homes and adjusting existing homes for elderly

Liberal city

Amsterdam is known as a liberal city and this attracts people from outside the city and the country who can be who they want to be and not be discriminated against. In our district D66 wants:

  • Systematic analysis of crime and disorder. In this way, neighbourhood oriented action can be taken
  • Fight discrimination by teaching tolerance in schools
  • In addition, discrimination on grounds of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation deserves active intervention of the district government.

City council and district-councils

In Amsterdam there is one centrally elected city council and seven district-councils. They have different tasks en broadly speaking the city council decides on the policy and the districts are responsible for the execution of these policies.

Another important role for the district-council is to be “the eyes and ears” for residents and local businesses. As they are close to them, elected district-councillors will know about the effect of centrally decided policies in their district. And they are very approachable for people with ideas, suggestions or problems.

Local elections

On March 19th elections will be held in Amsterdam to elect city councillors. In Amsterdam people are allowed to cast two votes: one for the city council and one for the district they are residents, in this case Amsterdam Centre. Each council has their own elected representatives.

Many international residents are allowed to vote in these elections. EU-residents have the same rights as the Dutch. Non-EU residents who have been here for more than three years can vote for the district council and those who have been living in Amsterdam longer than 5 years can vote for the city council.

D66 finds that the municipality should involve expats more. Expats make use of public space, schools and other facilities of the municipality just like other residents. It is important that they also know that they have the democratic right to vote for the representatives in the municipality government. Therefore D66 Amsterdam created a tool with simple questions in order for expats to find out if they may vote or not.

www.canivote2014.nl

If you have any question about our work in the district council or about our election program do not hesitate to send an email to: d66@centrum.amsterdam.nl

Laatst gewijzigd op 23 mei 2017