Coalition agreement and new councilor team for Groningen Municipality presented

The proposed municipal council for Groningen was presented on Monday morning in Floreshuis. Under the title ‘It starts in Groningen: for what is really of value’ GroenLinks, PvdA, Partiet for Dyrene, SP and ChristenUnie will lead the next four years with eight councilors.

Formatter Mattias Gijsbertsen handed over the agreement to Mayor Schuiling, after a presentation of the contents and presentation of the councilor team.

Councilors Carine Bloemhoff (PvdA), Philip Broeksma (GroenLinks) and Inge Jongman (ChristenUnie) remain in the post they have held for the past four years, with roughly the same portfolio. New faces in the councilors’ team are Mirjam Wijnja (GroenLinks), Kirsten de Wrede (PvdD) Eelco Eikenaar (SP), Rik van Niejenhuis (PvdA) Manouska Molema (GroenLinks).

Manouska Molema comes from Overijssel to Stad

The surname is unknown to most people in Groningen. Until now, Molema was a Member of Parliament in Overijssel. Molema, who lives in Essen, is coming to Groningen for a councilor position with the portfolio Youth & Youth Assistance, Public Health, Care & Safety, Integration & Emancipation, Asylum Affairs and Events.

eight councilors

Groningen goes from seven to eight councilors. According to Gijsbertsen, this is not only a result of the number of parties in the coalition: “There must be more councilors due to administrative pressure, but also because councilors must be connected to the residents. Councilors must be administratively present “

A complete list of all councilors’ portfolios can be found at the bottom of this announcement.

Columns under agreement

According to formator Gijsbertsen, the new coalition stands for ‘a government that trusts the inhabitants, that takes control where necessary, so that all the inhabitants of the establishment have a livelihood and equal opportunities and freedom to be themselves.’ This translates primarily into more public activity and fewer market forces. “Public direction”, according to Gijsbertsen.

The new municipal council will focus strongly on social security and equal opportunities. People with the lowest incomes get relief by giving the individual income supplement earlier: after two years instead of after five. The waste tax for the lowest incomes also lapses after two years instead of after three years. People who are already in debt can press a ‘pause button’. In addition, the new folk high school will increase the number of basic jobs from 50 to 250.

In addition, the Municipal Council wants to build 2,500 extra social rental and owner-occupied housing, in addition to ‘green and fair growth’ of the municipality in general. Less energy consumption, more sustainable energy and cheaper housing dominate. Activities for the energy conversion and associated funds and subsidies are placed in a municipal energy company.

The northern neighborhoods (and De Wijert) will be at the forefront for the next four years

The agreement and the councilors were not presented in Floreshuis for nothing. The new coalition believes that access to the northern neighborhoods must be accelerated. The neighborhood renewal will be extended to Vinkhuizen, Paddepoel, Oosterparkwijk and Lewenborg. More money will be made available for these districts.


According to Gijsbertsen, the economic situation in Groningen Municipality is uncertain, especially at the end of the coalition’s upcoming election period: “The devil is in the tail. From 2026, there will be less money available from the state. Then there is really work to be done. ”

For now, the economy is in balance. The burdens will not be increased for households, and the new municipal administration will therefore not raise the property tax again. Well

The councilors and their portfolios:

Mirjam Wijnja (green left)

Economy, Green & Climate Adaptation: 1st Deputy Mayor Economy, P&O, Area-Oriented Labor and Democratic Renewal, Management and Maintenance, Green & Climate Adaptation, District Councilor Indre By

Carine Bloemhoff (PvdA)

Education, Work & Economy: 2nd Deputy Mayor Education, Work & Participation, Labor Market Policy, Economy, International Trade and Cooperation, Tourism & Leisure, Port & Markets, District Alderman Old Neighborhoods

Kirsten the Cruel (PvdD)

Animals, Protein conversion, Nature & Culture: 3rd Deputy Mayor Agriculture & Landscape, Protein conversion, Nature & Ecology, Animals, Circular Economy, Culture, Village Councilor Haren and surroundings

Eelco Eikenaar (SP)

Neighborhood, Care & Income: 4th Deputy Mayor, Social Neighbor Renewal, Care & Housing, Domestic Help, Poverty, Income & Debt Accommodation Policy, District Councilor West

Inge Jongman (Christian Union)

Care, shelter, sports and reinforcement: 5th Deputy Mayor for care and welfare, sheltered housing and shelter, elderly, sports and exercise, reinforcement and recovery, village councilor Ten Boer and environs

Philip Broeksma (green left)

Energy and sustainable mobility: 6th Deputy Mayor, energy transition, traffic and transport, public services and ICT

Rik van Niejenhuis (PvdA)

Housing, Neighborhoods & Spatial Planning: 7th Deputy Mayor, Spatial Planning, Housing, Physical Neighborhood Renewal, Land Conditions Social Property, District Councilor East

Manouska Molema (Green Left)

Youth, Health and Diversity: 8th Deputy Mayor, Youth and Youth Care, Public Health, Care and Security, Integration & Liberation, Asylum Affairs, Events, District Councilor South

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