Third Theme debate: Fireworks, understandable language in policy making and no more Russian Gas

My third theme debate on behalf of GroenLinks in the city council of Zwolle was a theme debate on municipal services and resident engagement. I was responsible for all subjects: (in Dutch):

  • Plan van aanpak: Verbeterslag kwaliteit van de stukken voor het bestuur (2022-2025)
  • Voortgangsrapportage Dienstverlening 2021
  • Beantwoording art. 45 vragen VVD – Wachttijden aanvraag reisdocumenten
  • Motie 13-6 Een bos door de bomen zien (voorgestelde wijze van afdoening)
  • Contract gaslevering gemeente Zwolle
  • Rioolwateronderzoek naar drugs(gebruik) in Zwolle 2022
  • Beantwoording art. 45 vragen van GroenLinks en CDA – identiteitsdocumenten
  • Voorgestelde wijze van afdoening van motie “Carnivoor geef het door”
  • Voorgestelde wijze afdoening motie ‘Op weg naar een gezonde en veilige jaarwisseling’

Since talk time was limited to six minutes per political party, of course choices had to be made on what to talk about. You can watch the debate (in Dutch) below, or read my statement (in English) below the video.

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Debate round: citizen’s council

For this debate I had to replace my colleague Marloes because the proposal at hand was initiated by the city council (specifically GroenLinks and D66) and Marloes had to take on the role of the proposer, answering questions of the city council. Initiating something in this way is possible under Article 147a of the Gemeentewet and Article 47 of the Reglement van orde van het Raadsplein 2018. This proposal was originally drafted by Simone Boshove (GroenLinks) and Sonja Paauw (D66).

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Motion passed: Trial period living together while retaining certainties (like housing or benefits)

During the Second theme debate: Improvements in the rules surrounding benefits and the entrepreneurs hit hardest by the pandemic we (together with the PvdA) asked for more information about why the alderman wanted to wait for a trial in Tilburg before changing local policy concerning cohabitation without affecting someone’s benefits in Zwolle.

The alderman sent the following information (in Dutch) a few days later:

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