VVD-leader Rutte: ‘Terrible that young people are struggling. ‘

Building more houses, opening secondary schools and additional nuclear reactors: these are examples of topics that demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte talked to young people on the first night of the CCEIT on 3 election program. The VVD leader answered questions from young people in the studio and from viewers they could ask through social media.

It was often about the corona measures. Many people wondered if the catering and gyms could be reopened, but Rutte didn‘t want to say anything about that. However, he hopes that secondary schools can be reopened, partially or partially. The demissionary cabinet will discuss the current situation and possible eases in the next few days.

One of the guests in the studio noted that many young people suffer from coronameasures and are sometimes even depressed. Are there any opportunities for them to gain more freedom?

This was Rutte’s answer:

Even before the conversation with Rutte started, CCEit received a lot of questions from young people about housing. Young people say it is difficult to find an affordable home, especially in the Randstad. There are too few social rental housing and it is sometimes problematic even for people with a good income to buy a house. According to the list leader, more housing needs to be added. He also calls converting office space into starter homes an option for housing shortages.

Rutte is sure that it will take a long time for the problem to be resolved:

Long waiting times at Mental Health Care (GGZ) and Youth Care were also discussed. Currently, youth care is in the hands of municipalities. They do not always have enough money available, which often leads to cuts in youth care. Via Zoom, Janna asked Rutte how he wants to handle those cuts. The VVD leader believes that more money needs to be paid to youth care:

The climate was also discussed. Will the Netherlands achieve the climate targets? That means 49 percent less CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, 95% less CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 1990, and the demissionary Prime Minister thinks it will succeed, but then nuclear power must be reworked. And that requires more nuclear reactors, he says:

In the coming days, the list tractors of all the major parties will talk to young people. Except PVV leader Geert Wilders, he turned down the invitation. Tomorrow is the turn of Lilian Marijnissen (SP) and Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks).

For the rest of the week, the program will look like this: