Bill for a super province in the Netherlands withdrawn
The flag went out in the provinces of North Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland after
the government pulled the plug out of the plan to scale the three provinces into
one super province last month. The responsible Minister Plasterk of the Interior
regrets that "a good proposal was not adopted”.
Part of the national bill - required in connection with the abolition of the so called Wgr plus regions (the current legal cooperation of municipalities in the Rotterdam-The Hague and Amsterdam area) is the organisation of regional public transport in Amsterdam-Almere and Rotterdam-The Hague into a new administrative body , including the transfer of the corresponding funds to this regional entity.
On July 3rd Parliament voted in favour of abolishment of the bill and expressed its support to continue the legal procedure to enable the formation of two “Transport Regions” in the perimeters of the Metropolitan region Rotterdam-Den Haag (Randstad South area) and of the “Transport Region Amsterdam”(NL: Vervoerregio Amsterdam, Randstad North area).
The new transport entities in both Randstad regions should be formalized by
January 1, 2015 replacing the existing authorities and EMTA members Stadsregio Amsterdam and Stadsregio Rotterdam with Stadsgewest Haaglanden.
For more information: Ruud van der Ploeg
Updated : August 14, 2014