“Jou ús de romte” is the phrase that many Frisian administrators have already shared with the government. The FNP wants to read it again in the new coalition agreement, writes the regional party to the new informant.
In the letter to the informant still to be designated, the FNP, in Frisian, adopts the familiar tone: it interprets the voice of the peasant. Party chairman Sijbe Knol of the faction of states stresses the accessibility of Fryske villages and warns of the downsides of any road pricing that might be introduced. A single fare for all Dutch people is bad for motorists in Friesland, who often have to travel longer distances and have no alternative means of transport, writes Knol.
The FNP hopes that the current track “nei the rest fan Nederlân” will be given priority by the new cabinet. It is striking that the Lely line is not mentioned. The Frysk Nasjonalen are also silent on the “Delta Plan for the North”, an offer to build tens of thousands of houses in Friesland. In politics, the FNP has so far criticized the Delta Plan.
Fryslân must have control of his own court
According to the party, a minister of housing and regional planning does not have to be present. The FNP prefers that the province of Fryslân is in charge of its own court – and not “The Hague”. The new government does not have to interfere with provincial tasks, says Knol. It explicitly mentions the energy transition.
“You ús de romte,” writes the FNP. Not an unknown cry. The king’s commissioner, Arno Brok, has spoken the words on several occasions, around the prince’s party or in a New Year’s speech. It is synonymous with abandoning entrenched administrative models and governing the province in a way different. Don’t look at how it should be done in the books, but focus on how it can be done. Fryslân would like to experiment with a new management style. The FNP welcomes this.
Defend the birds of the meadows
The FNP is also asking the new cabinet to stand up for grassland birds and landowners who live in the bog grassland area and suffer from damage to the foundations. The transition to circular agriculture integrating nature must also be continued. The cabinet should have an eye on the future prospects of family businesses in rural areas, such as farmers.
There is no lack of plea for the Frisian language on the part of the largest regional party in the Netherlands. The FNP would “very much appreciate” if Frisian was included in the Constitution and received “at least the same attention, the same financial resources and the same incentives” as the Dutch language. “Given his backward position, wanting to miss an extra priority.”
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