Municipal Elections will be held on wednesday March 21, 2018.

Citizens of other EU member states – students, ex-pats – who are registrated in the GBA (gemeentelijke basisadministratie) in the Netherlands have the right to vote and to stand for election in their city of residence subject to the same conditions as Dutch citizens.
Citizens from countries outside the European Union must have resided in the Netherlands for five years to vote or stand for election. (Source: www.kiesraad.nl)

If it is up to the PvdA Maastricht … Don’t throw away your vote!

You’ll find the election-programme for PvdA Maastricht, the Social Democrats, for the 2018 municipal elections below this photo.



The heart in the neighbourhood

Election program 2018 – 2022

The heart in the neighbourhood
Maastricht is a city where people live, work, study and play. Neighbourhoods should play an important role in making the city friendly and safe for all its citizens. The PvdA wants to put the heart back in the neighbourhood. We want a city where we look after each other, help each other and we do things together. Together works better. From me to we.
All the neighbourhoods together make the city. Therefore this election program is written from that point of view.

The neighbourhood as a starting point.
The PvdA wants to give ownership back to the neighbourhoods. People in the neighbourhoods know best what is needed. The PvdA entrusts the neighbourhoods with this responsibility.

How do we achieve that?

  • Neighbourhood networks are our eyes and ears.
  • We will ensure that the municipality pays better attention and supports the neighbourhoods with funds and manpower.
  • We will support new ideas and maintain successful projects.
  • We will simplify the process for obtaining funds for neighbourhood activities and examine the possibility of neighbourhood budgets.
  • The municipality will monitor the finances as well as the success rate of projects. The municipality will monitor and investigate based on trust.
  • We will improve the services provided by the municipality by opening mobile community offices.
  • The neighbourhood will have the first right of refusal on the sale of municipal real estate. Each district will once again have its own alderman.

Living in a clean and safe neighbourhood.
The people of Maastricht deserve safe and clean neighbourhoods where living is good.

How do we achieve that?

  • Together with housing corporations and the police we will tackle the cultivation of drugs in homes and the drug trafficking on the streets. In every neighbourhood, the community police officer is the spider in the web of enforcement and police.
  • Neighbourhoods, associations, schools, police and community organizations, including Islamic ones, will work together to prevent radicalization.
  • The municipality will ensure that nuisances caused by waste, weeds and noise are resolved as quickly as possible. Every district will have its own enforcement team.
  • The municipality will invest in the neighbourhood networks to ensure the maintenance of the neighbourhoods.
  • We are committed to experiments of versatile urban nature and assign space for neighbourhood gardens, where residents can meet each other.
  • We will make and maintain the composition of the neighbourhoods as diverse as possible.
  • In consultation with the neighbourhood, the municipality ensures a good mix of senior housing, student housing and (social) rental and owner-occupied homes. The municipality encourages life proof private building.
  • After the Carré building and the Student Hotel, investments must now be made in affordable student accommodation.
  • Maastricht will restrict temporary renting of houses to tourists throughout the city.

Care and well-being in the neighbourhood.
Every Maastricht citizen counts. That is why good and accessible care is important. People are the focus of care. Everyone is included. Also when you live in poverty or debt.

How do we achieve that?

  • The municipality is responsible for ensuring that everyone receives the care they need in their own neighbourhood.
  • Children should not suffer due to financial shortages in youth care. They must receive the care that is needed. The municipality has and will keep an eye on every child.
  • We will simplify the process for requesting care and assistance, accessible at a location in the neighbourhood. The district nurse remains the central point in every care team in the neighbourhood.
  • Information about care, welfare, work and income will be written in plain understandable language and available in foreign languages.
  • Municipal information must not only be available on the internet.
  • Money for healthcare must benefit the people who really need it. We want to abolish the wasting of funds.
  • Anyone who has less than 120% of the minimum wage will not pay a personal contribution for social support from the WMO (Social Support Act).
  • The municipality involves neighbourhoods, associations, schools, social organizations, housing corporations and government organizations such as the Social Security Agency (UWV) and the tax authorities for the prevention, detection and resolving of poverty.
  • For people with an irregular income it will become easier to obtain additional support.
  • We will use a more generous minimum policy for everyone with an income limit of 120% of the minimum welfare standard. For example in the long-term welfare supplement or in case of the special support supplement.
  • We will work on eliminating debt and will make access to debt support easier for everyone, with extra assistance for those who have trouble reading, writing, calculating or using computers. With regard to care and income, the municipality monitors and responds on the basis of trust.

Schools in the neighbourhood.
Well begun is half done, and this is especially true for our children. Maastricht must give them the best chance beginning with proper education.

How do we achieve that? 

  • Schools must be able to concentrate on their task. The municipality will therefore ensure adequate educational facilities as well as good facilities for sports and culture in the neighbourhood. Everyone must be able to get to school safely and affordably.
  • We are in favour of two broad secondary school communities in Maastricht, one in the West and one in the East section.
  • The city council takes young people, and their opinion and ideas seriously. They will join the conversation about the city in council meetings. The young are our future.

Art, culture and sports in the neighbourhood.
We begin already in kindergarten with art and sport: we sing, draw and play in the schoolyard. It is important to be able to express yourself in a different way other than only verbally. Expressing yourself and feeling healthy is good for you and it reflects on yur surroundings. Art, culture and sports opportunities contribute to the well-being of the city.

How do we achieve that? 

  • We cherish Maastricht culture and traditions. The municipality supports cultural and artistic activities in existing accommodations in the neighbourhood.
  • Children are already acquainted with art, culture and sport at a young age.
  • We keep music lessons affordable. We ensure that every child can obtain a swimming diploma. The municipality ensures that all children can play sports, even if their parents do not have the means or finances to support this.
  • Associations that make sports or culture more accessible to the general public will receive extra funding if necessary. The municipality encourages a broad and versatile offer.
  • The municipality strongly believes that swimming in the ENCI quarry should be possible.
  • The municipality encourages cooperation between amateur artists and professional artists.
  • The municipality is working together with initiatives such as the Muziekgieterij, Bankastudio’s and Complex to offer a  full pop music program with practice rooms and recording studios. Maastricht will be a top 10 pop city with a least one free multi-day pop festivals.

The accessible neighbourhood.
An inaccessible city is an unattractive city for residents and visitors. We will improve access to the city as well as traffic flow and traffic safety in the neighbourhood.

How do we achieve that?

  • Busy shopping areas in the outskirts and the immediate vicinity of schools and sports clubs will be pedestrian only. We are exploring possibilities to make the inner city car-free in the future.
  • We are expanding Park & Ride parking lots around the city.
  • Long-term parking in the neighbourhoods and on the Sint Pietersberg is being restricted.
  • In Maastricht West a ban on heavy trucks is planned now that the A2 tunnel is open.
  • Bicycle safety is an important starting point for redesigning the roads.
  • Together with the province and Arriva, we are improving the accessibility of our neighbourhoods through public transport.
  • We will expand travel options for target groups and adjust rates so that they are equal for all users.

The neighbourhood of the future.
The residents of tomorrow deserve a neighbourhood with a good and healthy lifestyle.

How do we achieve that?

  • The municipality cooperates with residents, neighbourhoods, entrepreneurs, housing corporations, the province and energy companies to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy.
  • All social housing units will be well insulated and equipped with solar panels within 10 years.
    We make binding agreements with housing corporations on these goals. The housing costs may not rise as a result.
  • Municipal buildings and sports facilities are equipped with solar panels. Maastricht will be climate neutral in 2030.
  • The municipality reinforces its stand on shutting down the nuclear plant at Tihange.
  • We are introducing more environmental zones to minimise pollution and improve air quality.
  • Goods deliveries in the inner city will be carried out exclusively with small electric vehicles.
  • We will make the separation of waste as easy as possible. From now on, plastic waste will be collected at home. Home collection or disposal of oversized waste and used household goods at an environmental park must be available to all at an affordable rate.

The neighbourhood works.
Flexible contracts and job uncertainty are a reality for a large part of the population of Maastricht, with all its consequences. Employment in the region is picking up, but that does not mean that everyone looking for a job also finds one. At the same time, some employers cannot fill in their vacancies and therefore are considering moving their business. Maastricht must be a city with jobs and opportunities for everyone.

How do we achieve that?

  • We involve neighbourhoods, residents, entrepreneurs, vocational education and the university in developing employment projects.
  • We will work with people who leave school without a basic qualification. We will invest in customized solutions to give them a better chance to build a better future.
  • The municipality is committed to retaining and attracting jobs in small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Companies that employ people who have been unemployed for some time will be rewarded.
  • We keep sheltered workplaces for people who would otherwise have no chance of a paid job with which they can support themselves.
  • The municipality’s investments are always linked to social employment projects and attention is paid to accessibility of jobs and the costs of transport.
  • We ensure that working while retaining social benefits, for example in a trade school, leads to a paid job with a decent contract within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Unfair competition in paid work will be uncovered and tackled. Replacement of paid work by volunteers is unacceptable.
  • Maastricht strikes up on the development of the regional economy: the municipality is working on more jobs and good education in the region as well as across the border.

The neighbourhood, Maastricht and the Euregion.
Maastricht is the capital of Limburg and should absolutely fulfil that role again. This creates opportunities and obligations for the economic and cultural infrastructure.

How do we achieve that?

  • We establish a strong economic and cultural agenda for implementation.
  • Collaboration in the Euregion and with neighbouring municipalities will be strengthened, in particular with Beek and Meerssen, so that the Maastricht economic cluster is given a new dynamic.