Strong criticism of regional CDA members on nitrogen policy, the party leadership through the dust


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Regional CDA members strongly criticize the nitrogen policy of their party and the cabinet. The goals are unattainable and the cabinet must return to the drawing board, they said at a meeting with party leaders in Nijkerk. Some CDA provincial administrators threaten not to implement the policy if there is no more perspective for the farmers.

About 100 members attended the meeting with party leader Hoekstra, party leader Heerma and MP Boswijk. A large number of those present are active as regional or municipal politicians on behalf of the party.

Jo-Annes de Bat, CDA deputy in Zeeland, says he is “furious” at the plans that will cost many farmers their business. “What is happening is really wrong. If the government succeeds in making all parties angry, you are doing something wrong,” he made clear.

Party leader and Foreign Minister Hoekstra is going to Brussels to adjust the “unrealistic goals” imposed on our country.

Lack of empathy

Already at the start of the meeting, Member of Parliament Derk Boswijk went through the dust. “You have ended up in a worthless, insecure situation, and that annoys me. We could have largely prevented that,” he told his party colleagues. By only announcing measures for the agricultural sector and not for other sectors, the government has shown “lack of empathy”, he believes in hindsight.

Boswijk, who last week was visited at home by angry farmers and therefore did not go to The Hague for a few days, said Minister Van der Wal (nitrogen and nature) warned in advance about the map she was to present with the areas on. where nitrogen emissions must be significantly reduced. “I would not do that,” I told her. ” The ticket led to great unrest among the peasants. Boswijk: “I am disappointed that I did not stand up for myself at the time.”

Party leader Wopke Hoekstra also acknowledged that his party and the cabinet have made a wrong start with the nitrogen plans. “I came here to listen carefully. All sorts of things went wrong in this file.”

‘Start over!’

Overijssel provincial administrator Eddy van Hijum believes he is being burdened with “unattainable goals”. If the CDA summit seriously believes that a false start has been made, the plans must return to the drawing board. “Then start again!” he said. If Van Hijum still gets the administrative order to implement the policy, he will not do so without the prospect of farmers, he warned.

Also present in the room were CDA members with an agricultural background, such as the young farmer’s wife Iris Bouwers from Drenthe, who is also a lobbyist for the farmers’ organization LTO Nederland in Brussels. Bouwers wants to take over the company from her parents, but due to the nitrogen problems she cannot secure financing. “Do not do this to our party,” she told Hoekstra. “This proposal has the potential to destroy our party from below.” She received a great round of applause.

The members’ critical stories affect Hoekstra enormously, he said in a response. “You give us an insane amount of homework.” MP Boswijk: “We must ensure that you have a future, but it will not be easy.”

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