|BINT - Summary in English||
25 juni 2000
For those visitors on the website of BINT who cannot read Dutch, we have included this one page in English.
Here we will give you a short summary of what BINT is all about.
The local political party BINT was founded on
December 4th, 1997, by two inhabitants who were not satisfied with the
prevailing political parties in the citycouncil.
Although in The Netherlands a great number of
people disagree with this system, the politicians of the greater political
parties ignore the pleas for less tolerance.
As he saw that the road of protest would not
bring about any changes, and with new local elections coming within six
months, Geert Jeelof decided to seek support for a new local political
Amongst other things in the program the democratic participation was emphasized, coffeeshops were banned, trafficcirculation got priority above trafficstops (less sleeping policemen), the need of a sportscouncil was indicated and the construction of a municipal recreationpark near the river Spui was advised.
A short but intense campaign during two
months was followed by the elections on March 4th, 1998. The results of
those elections were a big surprise to everyone.
Being the greatest party by far, BINT took the initiative to form a new City Council. Negotiations were started and agreements were reached with SGP, CDA and D'66. A good policyprogram including the major BINT-programitems was put together.
he progress and the setbacks are written down (in Dutch) on the pages of this website. Summarizing one can say, that a lot of the BINT-items are actualized (citizen members of the advisory councils, recreationpark De Oude Tol is already in use, coffeeshops are closed, a new trafficplan has been drawnup, including better parking facilities, the citycenter has been upgraded, sportsclubs have moved to a new municipal sportspark, new cityquarters have been build).
Ofcourse there is always counterintention from the opposition or from people or Government Institutions (e.g. Attorney's Office) with vested interests. On our webpages we will mention this. As those pages are mainly intended as local information on the Binternet, they are accessible to everyone with an Internetconnection.
In March 2002 BINT scored 6 seats during the new elections and once again was the largest party, despite the loss of two seats. The cooperation withe the earlier partners was continued until the end of 2004, when BINT stepped out of the alliance, because of major disagreements on economical issues.
BINT formed a new alliance
with the liberals (VVD) and the socialists (PvdA).
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