The House of Representatives wants to delete its own contribution of 7.50 euros for access tests. This has become clear in the debate on the Cabinet‘s bill on the use of test evidence currently under way.
The Cabinet wants society to be opened in the coming months with the help of test evidence. People can go back to museums, cinemas, restaurants or festivals with a negative test in their hand. The first months the government takes on the costs, but after July 1, people at major events such as festivals have to pay their own contribution of 7.50 euros, is the idea.
is wide opposition to this contribution in the Chamber. “Then you get a distinction between people for whom that amount is a problem and people who can afford it,” says for example D66-MP Paternotte. SP MP Kwint denounces the cabinet, which, according to him, argues: “We can easily miss 7.50, so everyone can easily miss it”. But not everyone has such a “regal” salary as The Hague politicians, he says.
Beer and sandwich
The PvdA also wants to remove its own contribution and is concerned about the “scope of the law”. MP Kuiken wonders whether the law should apply to smaller locations and locations where one and a half meters of guarantees is relatively easy.
“ I want to avoid having a whole organization for every beer, every sandwich and museum visit,” says Kuiken. According to her, that doesn’t outweigh if these places open in about six or eight weeks.
GroenLinks and BBB express their concern that the access tests create a division between cities and the rest of the country. People in smaller places have to travel further to get tested is the fear, and therefore it is more difficult for them to go out to dinner or visit a theatre.
There are also concerns about the duration. “How temporary is this law?” , Bikker of the Christian Union wonders. “If this lasts longer, remember curfew, then habituation can arise.”
JA21 proposes to set 1 September as the end date for the law. But GroenLinks and the VVD point out that the epidemiological situation can always deteriorate again, for example through a new mutation of the coronavirus, and that it is therefore practical to have the law in place this autumn.
A number of parties assume that access tests will be superfluous if a large proportion of Dutch people have been vaccinated around the summer. According to the PVV, for example, this makes the whole law superfluous. The political groups of the Party for Animals, Forum for Democracy, BIJ1, Think and the SGP also doubt the need for various reasons.
D66 and PvdA also consider that vaccinees and people who have recently been infected should be exempted from a test certificate. The Ministry of Health said earlier that it is too early for this because it is not clear how susceptible and contagious these people are.
A number of parties wondered whether the whole project is worth the money: in order to enable large-scale testing, the Cabinet has set aside about EUR 1 billion. That could be better to the care or to the GGDs, say several MPs.
The political groups have now spoken. From 5 p.m., it‘s the turn of the demissionary cabinet. Ministers The Young of Health and Van’t Wout of Economic Affairs then go into the questions of the MPs.
The debate can be followed live via DECCEIT channels on Facebook and YouTube and NPO Politics.