The provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland are asking the government to release 3 billion euros for the eastern Netherlands during negotiations for a new coalition agreement. The King’s Commissioners John Berends (Gelderland) and Andries Heidema (Overijssel) wrote this in a letter to informateur Herman Tjeenk Willink on Thursday. The Eastern Netherlands is already investing 1.3 billion euros to solve problems in the province, but says it needs a contribution to be able to implement the intended plans.
Almost half of the money would go to the proposed construction of some 150,000 new homes in the east of the Netherlands. The provinces want to invest the rest in shortages on the local labor market, accessibility and nature management. This also includes agricultural innovation: the supervisory directors want to give money to Wageningen University, among others, to conduct research into drought and nitrogen emissions.
Earlier this week, the northern provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Flevoland already presented the plan for the construction of 220,000 new homes in exchange for a government investment of 9.5 billion euros in infrastructure in and to the north.
This article is also part of our live blog: Overijssel and Gelderland are asking for 3 billion euros for the east of the country in new coalition agreement