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New Dutch government takes charge of big climate pledge

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s fourth coalition government has allocated $ 40 billion to green measures over a decade and plans to be climate-neutral by 2050.

The new coalition also has a record number of women, with 14 of the 19 ministers and Secretary of State unprecedented. (AP)

The fourth coalition government of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been inaugurated and promised to spend a lot of money on climate change and Covid-19 rescue efforts.

King Willem-Alexander formally pledged to the new government on Monday, 299 days after the last election, at a socially distant ceremony at the banquet hall of the Nordine Palace in The Hague.

The new government, formed after rigorous negotiations, has allocated $ 40 billion (€ 35 billion) to climate control over a decade, leaving years of austerity.

As one of the world’s lowest and most densely populated countries faces rising sea levels, we have built two new nuclear power plants and promised to be climate-neutral by 2050.

The government also includes Rob Jetten, 34, the Netherlands’ first dedicated climate and energy minister, who was responsible for controlling emissions and relying on fossil fuels, especially gas.

Biking Premier Rutte, 54, says the coalition wants to “lay the foundation for the next generation,” especially because about one-third of the land in the Netherlands is below sea level.

The new coalition has also promised significant spending on housing, childcare and education, but the health crisis must be addressed first as the Omicron variants have pushed coronavirus infections to record levels.

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King Willem-Alexander formally pledged to the new government at a socially distant ceremony at the banquet hall of The Hague's Nordine Palace.

King Willem-Alexander formally pledged to the new government at a socially distant ceremony at the banquet hall of The Hague’s Nordine Palace. (Reuters)

Record female representatives

The coalition also consists of the same four parties as the previous administration: Rutte’s centre-right VVD, Kerg’s centre-right D66, centre-right CDA, and a conservative Christian coalition.

The Dutch set another unwelcome record by being placed under the interim government for almost exactly one year after the previous coalition resigned in the children’s allowance scandal in January 2021.

However, the new coalition has a record number of women, with 14 of the 19 ministers and Secretary of State unprecedented.

Rutte said he was called “Teflon” Prime Minister for his ability to fend off scandals and maintain power, and said he wanted the new government to “regain trust” in December.

Rutte is becoming the longest-serving prime minister in the Netherlands later this year and is the second longest detained leader in the EU after Hungary’s Victor Oban.

The road to his fourth government since 2010 has been difficult and came after protracted negotiations after the March 17 elections.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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