FNP program for the Provincial Elections 2007
1. The 7 core values of the FNP
In the spring of 2006, the FNP drew up the following core values after consulting the boards
of its local branches:
The FNP considers the authorities to be subject to the people. People must be involved as
much as possible in the authorities’ policy.
The FNP sees the state as an organization which provides people and local communities with
the right and the means to shape their own environment as much as possible. The FNP desires
that power be delegated to the provinces in order to create a stronger provincial government
and thus a stronger Fryslân.
The FNP focuses on what binds people together, views the world as a federation of
communities, and attaches special importance to people’s rights and to respect for other
cultures and world views.
Language and culture
Language and culture provide a vital contribution to the people’s identity and, therefore, to
their sense of well-being. The FNP wants to support Frisian identity and, therefore, to protect
the Frisian language and culture. The FNP sees Fryslân as a place where other languages and
cultures, such as Bildts and Stellingwarfs, are practiced, respected and appreciated as well.
The FNP wants to give ample scope to initiative, creativity, responsibility and
entrepreneurship, so that people and communities are able to fully develop themselves.
The FNP is a party for the community at large. Maintaining and reinforcing solidarity
requires mutual respect and understanding between the rich and the poor, the young and the
old, the healthy and the unhealthy, so that no one is left to fend for himself.
The FNP aims at leaving an environment-friendly world to future generations. In order to
replace short term energy-wastage, the FNP is searching for economic forms of being which
guarantee a superior equilibrium between consumption and conservation.
2. Introduction to the party program
The FNP is the party for Fryslân, for that country and the people living there. This implies
that the FNP takes the perspective of Fryslân, being of the opinion that what comes from
Brussels and The Hague should be in the interest of Fryslân. The FNP intends to make
Fryslân more forceful, more social, more environment-friendly. The FNP is open to
cooperation within The Netherlands and within Europe. Hence the FNP is willing to take
responsibility and to try and put into practice, together with others, as much of its political
program as possible.
3. Main points
In the years to come the FNP will focus on working, living and the core qualities that make
Fryslân both special and beautiful: the landscape, language and culture, and the Frisian
community. New policy will create new opportunities. The province must give priority to the
interests of the province of Fryslân and its inhabitants. The provincial authorities have put
their stakes for much too long on mega-projects like the Megapark and the Hovertrain
(“Zweeftrein”). The FNP observes that policy-makers have been blinded by the prejudice that
‘Fryslân lags behind’. Provincial funds have been converted into highways for much too
long. It’s time for a change. People should come first. Government policy has become the
exclusive domain of advisors, managers and expensive experts, where the people themselves
seem no longer welcome. People are not, humanely, recognized as people by the (semi-)
government, the building corporations, the school boards, the health care and old age
institutions, the gas, water and electricity companies. Privatization has overstepped the
boundaries of what it means to be a civilized country, causing increases in prices and taxes
for the people on the side.
- The FNP intends to create smaller, more recognizable authorities, which operate more
efficient at a lower price.
- The FNP wants to abolish the Water Authorities (‘waterschap’).
- The FNP would like to see local authorities acting for and with the people, and
providing them with more influence and participation.
Fryslân’s core qualities have been neglected and it will not be easy to conserve what is
beautiful in Fryslân, such as the landscape but also the language and culture. Fryslân is
unique. What is valuable should be protected and developed. Landscape and nature should
receive special attention. More trust should be given to people instead of boring them with
inefficient rules and fines. The FNP wants the care for nature not only to be a matter of
judges and police but also of farmers and volunteers who cooperate with the local
The Frisian language and culture are threatened, unless measures are being taken, as
scientific research has shown. The provincial authorities must make a special effort to
conserve our language and culture. This does not involve more rules or brute enforcement,
but using more Frisian in schools, in the building of the authorities and encouraging parents
to talk more Frisian to and with their children. The use of the Frisian language must be a
requirement for civil servants working in front offices.
The FNP wants Fryslân’s economy to be stronger. New turns must be taken. All good
prospects were thought to depend on big railways, big industrial areas and the ‘Randstad’
(Rotterdam-Amsterdam area). There was too much talk of lagging behind and too little talk
of Fryslân’s strong points. Fryslân must look after itself, now more than ever. Hence the
FNP wants the province to invest more in those things which Fryslân is good at. Education
constitutes an excellent investment in the future. The FNP wants better education, for there
should not be any educational back lags. Lower polytechnics must connect with the demands
from companies. A Frisian university must be established. Small companies, especially in
smaller villages, must get the opportunity to flourish. Ljouwert (Leeuwarden) will stay our
capital, also economically speaking. Fryslân is a province with a strong agrarian focus. This
can be a source of international success.
4. The five main themes
The party program consists of five themes: working, living, community, policy and the
environment. In those themes, we develop our thoughts. Every theme is concluded with a
number of action points.
4.1. Fryslân is working
A province with potentialities
The basic tenet is to actively enhance those qualities which Fryslân and the Frisians are good
at. The FNP is against the South Sea railway line (‘Zuiderzeespoor’). It costs too much and
its profits are too low. The government of The Netherlands has promised to contribute 2,73
billion Euros to the railway, to be paid from the money designated for the economic
development of the North of the Netherlands. That money should not be just spent on a
railway. The FNP wants Fryslân to receive its share from that money. We want to use it on
projects which stimulate Fryslân’s own economic development. Our basic tenet here is
entrepreneurship aimed at an environment-friendly future.
Fryslân’s geological resources contribute a fair share to the wealth of the Netherlands, but it
has never been adequately compensated for that. The FNP has asked € 15 billion for Fryslân
in the context of the northern cooperation of provinces, to be paid from the gas fund. It is
unfair that entrepreneurs, farmers and house owners must foot the bill for the extraction of
gas and salt. Salt extraction near Harlingen (Harns) should be discontinued as long as citizens
cannot claim damages and as long as it is uncertain what will be the consequences for water
control. The FNP is still in favour of turning around the burden of proof when it comes to
damage claims due to the extraction of minerals. Correspondingly, the Mining Law
(‘mijnwet’) must be modified.
The city of Leeuwarden (Ljouwert) must receive the means for its social and economic
development in order to be able to compete with other cities in the North in the field of
culture, recreation, tourism, education and science. The FNP would like to cooperate with
European regions similar to Fryslân.
Smaller business: creating and seizing opportunities
Fryslân’s strength in the field of small business, recreation, tourism and agriculture must be
maintained and extended. It has become clear that small business are the motor of Fryslân’s
economic progress. That motor is running smoothly everywhere in Fryslân. Shortage of fossil
fuel can make our economy vulnerable, though. The production of durable non-fossil energy
will make our economy less vulnerable. The FNP wants to stimulate new developments in
our companies and scientific institutes with the money from the Wad Sea fund
(‘Waddenfonds’) and with the money that becomes available now that the Hover-train
(‘Zweeftrein’) is called off. In short, we advocate durable entrepreneurship with fewer rules
and more opportunities.
The FNP wants to stimulate the innovative capabilities of small business, and to assist in
turning Frisian inventions into products that can be put on the market. The FNP wants
tourism to focus not only on large-scale water recreation but also to improve the quality of
opportunities for tourism on the land.
Recreation and tourism
Recreation and tourism is a vital economic branch for Fryslân. About 12 % of Fryslân’s
working population lives off it. The provincial policy plan Recreation and Tourism estimates
that the number of tourists should show an increase of 15 %. An evaluation of that policy
indicates that the actual percentage lags behind, but that the amount of money spent per
tourist has increased significantly. The provincial authorities took notice of the evaluation,
but they did not change their policy. More ambition is called for here!
The FNP wants Fryslân to attract more tourists.
Organizations promoting tourism (such as Fryslân Marketing) should be optimally facilitated
in pointing out the touristic possibilities of Fryslân to people world-wide. Should tourists visit
Fryslân, then they should have access to an adequate network of VVV’s (Tourist Information
Offices), which provide the path to culture and entertainment in cooperation with the tourist
industry. The efforts of the Tourist Information Offices should be coordinated by the
More touristic possibilities
The FNP intends to extend touristic possibilities not in large-scale amusement parks, but in
small-scale projects geared to the nature and size of our towns and villages. These projects
should involve language and culture as well. In connection with this, the FNP wants to
provide education and jobs for so-called village guides who inform tourists of cultural-
historical aspects of village, town and region.
Traffic and transport
According to the FNP, the existing harbour of Harlingen (Harns) should become again a
harbour of international importance. Harlingen should provide Fryslân with a better
connection to East and North Europe. The railway between Leeuwarden and Groningen
(Ljouwert and Grins) should double its tracks, and move down through Leer, Oldenburg,
Bremen and Hamburg into Europe. Research will answer the question of whether ‘light rail’
between Heerenveen and Groningen (It Hearrenfean and Grins) is the way to connect
Drachten to the railway network. A channel should be dug from the Fonejachtbrêge
(Fonejacht Bridge) to the sand pit in Drachten. The boat route ‘De Boontjes’ between
Harlingen (Harns) and the sluice of the Afsluitdijk (Ofslútdyk) is upgraded so as to put a stop
to the sandification process.
More use of public transport
The province should stimulate people to travel to their work by bus, train or bicycle. There is
no further need for large-scale changes in the province’s infrastructure. New projects and
solutions for traffic jams, such as an aqua duct near Lemmer or a tunnel, are of course
possible in case a socio-economical financial analysis indicates that it is necessary. But as far
as roads and highways are concerned, Fryslân seems just about perfect.
Better public transport
Better public transport is called for, which is not sensitive to budget cuts from The Hague.
The FNP has been responsible, together with other parties, for a new form of public transport
in Fryslân. This will take effect as of 1st of January 2007. The FNP wants public transport to
be independent of The Hague and yet capable of meeting the actual transport needs of the
people. This implies: all villages must be connected to public transport. It must be more
accessible and more attractive, especially for youth and old age. This can be done through
having more periods of cheap or free public transport for certain target groups.
Invest more in people.
Now is the time to invest more in people instead of roads. Thus we give high priority to
education. We must invest in the education of the working class, both white collar and blue
collar workers. A Frisian university is a high priority. Educational problems within Fryslân
can better be solved by Fryslân than by The Hague. The province must be more pro-active in
trying to get more means and empowerment for education.
Authorities which are not in the way of people.
Citizens, employers, employees and the authorities depend on each other. Fewer rules, more
possibilities, is the motto of the FNP. Less red tape should be involved in the extension of
permits, and the taxes should go down. Provincial organization must be effective.
Maintenance of the rules by the province in the field of, for example, the environment should
Economic developments are no longer national or even European. We are living in a
globalized world. Fryslân will have to participate. More export, for example to Eastern
Europe and the new EU states, is of vital importance. The FNP wants Fryslân to have its own
foreign economic policy. This implies more networking. The province should be pro-active
in setting up contacts with areas which have something to offer to Fryslân. An expert centre
for European minorities in Leeuwarden (Ljouwert) may provide a contribution to this.
A social economy
The past years have left traces, mentally and socio-economically. Partly as a result of the
policy of the Dutch government, the society has become more barbaric, divided in winners
and losers. Mutual solidarity, recognition of each other as a human being, seems to decrease.
Poverty is rearing its ugly head. The FNP is in favour of an effective social policy, which
combats division and poverty. The province should engage in more activities designed to get
more people a job.
The FNP is reluctant to encourage further privatization of public property. The production
capacity of the energy companies can be privatized but the transport capacity, the network,
should not. The production of drinkable water is so important that both production and
transport should be in the hands of the authorities again.
1. A Frisian university of our own.
2. More empowerment in the field of education for the provincial authorities.
3. No ‘Zuiderzee’ railway line but a fair share for Fryslân of the promised 2,73 billion to
encourage promising developments in Fryslân.
4. Stimulate durable forms of energy production, excepting wind mills.
5. No rise in provincial taxes.
6. A inventor’s fund for new products and product development.
7. Provincial permits must be dealt with within 8 weeks, else the clients are remunerated.
8. Encourage small businesses in the fields of agriculture, tourism, metal industry, house
building and ship building, especially by reinforcing the relevant higher and lower
9. Production and transport for drinkable water should go back to the authorities.
4.2. How Fryslân lives.
Fryslân is beautiful …
The spaciousness of the Frisian landscape is one of its prime qualities. It should be used, not
abused. The FNP promotes a balanced policy here, which enables the Frisians to live, work
and recreate according to their nature, possibilities and character. By building houses close
together waste of space is avoided. Fryslân is beautiful and it should stay that way. This can
be done best, according to the FNP, by encouraging more involvement in their own region on
the part of the people in whose interest it is: the Frisians themselves. Active villages and
volunteers should not lose interest in the developments of their own city, village or region.
The province should facilitate this in a better way. For example, local village and city guides
pointing out the goodies to tourists have been mentioned before.
More space than needed just for living.
Living encompasses more than just houses. Living also means living with each other. No
superfluous planning and procedural hindrances should be thrown in the way of small-scale
companies in houses and villages.
The FNP wants amateur nursing by relatives to be supported with temporary housing in case
a sick relative must be taken care of. The province must allow the municipalities the freedom
to act with speed as is needed.
Fryslân, not just a province for living
The decrease of the Dutch population will also be felt in Fryslân. The FNP is of the opinion
that no measures need to be taken in order to get more people to live here. Of course, it may
still be necessary to build houses, but only for Frisian people themselves.
There must be enough building ground and houses for hire for people living in the villages
and towns. Building houses should be done for the need of our own population, with the aim
of giving young people, old people and families with children a chance to continue living in
their own village or town. The FNP is in favour of measures like the starter’s mortgage
which enables starters and people with a small income to buy a house. The FNP dislikes rich
people to build large estates scattered all over the province, grey uniform building in villages
and large-scale recreation projects. Furthermore, durability should be the basic tenet also for
The FNP is very critical of the developments in the field of building corporations. These used
to be societies in which tenants and other parties could have a say in housing policy.
Nowadays, financial motives override all other considerations. This is wrong. The society at
large must regain its grip on the building corporations, especially on housing policy.
Globalization in the field of agriculture results in the availability of more farm houses. These
can be converted and used for new forms of living, working and care.
What is beautiful must stay beautiful
The quality of the landscape must be reinforced. Developments must be in harmony with or
reinforce nature, scale and character of Fryslân. The province must live up to its role of
managing director. This can be done by drawing up an integrated development program for
Fryslân’s planning taking into consideration living, working, recreation, water and the
reinforcement of nature, both as independent and as interrelated elements. Open areas should
not just be built full of new houses and roads; other ways of building in cities and villages
should be considered first.
Clear horizons, clear hart
The spaciousness of the Frisian land, the clean air and the starry skies are assets which do not
cost anything, but which must be guarded. There is no place for new wind mills and large-
scale glass houses for growing vegetables and fruits. Light pollution must be avoided as
much as possible, for example by intelligent photo-sensitive lighting of bicycle roads.
1. Society must regain control of the housing corporations.
2. More houses for the needs of the Frisians themselves.
3. A provincial starter’s mortgage for young people and those who are less wealthy so that
they can afford a house.
4. One integral provincial development plan instead of lots of uncoordinated plans laying
down rules of their own.
5. Reinforcement of the existing local meeting points.
6. Small-scale areas for small companies meeting existing needs.
7. Durable house building.
8. Clean water and dry feet by adequate monitoring and milling capacity.
4.3. The Frisian community
Community and culture are mutually reinforcing elements, which are of great importance for
standards and moral values, welfare and well-being, immigration and integration. The FNP
wants to actively reinforce the unique and strong interrelations existing in the Frisian
community, because a community is more than the quantitative sum of its individual
members. These interrelations involve our language and culture, but also numerous societies
(play-acting, games) sports, music, literature and the media.
The FNP promotes an open society which shows hospitality and respect to other cultures and
ways of living. Immigrants should adapt to our culture while being able to be themselves.
They must get the possibilities and the respect to do so. The authorities must provide an
active contribution. Integration happens wherever people are mutually dependent upon each
other: in schools, at work and in the streets. That is why work and adaptation courses must go
hand in hand. Adaptation courses must be geared to the Frisian situation, hence they must pay
attention to the position of Frisian at work and in the society at large. By connecting what is
characteristic with chances offered by a new environment, new expressions of our culture can
be found. Thus our culture will still be what connects people. The policy involving fugitives
from other countries should be humane, offering shelter in the province even if national
authorities do not.
The province is responsible for the care of young people who are in need. They must
cooperate optimally with the municipalities for efficient help. Provincial policy must have a
separate section for children and youngsters which pays attention to that policy. Should youth
care be removed from the province, then empowerment and finances should be given to the
Prosperity should involve well-being
Health care and well-being is something the provincial authorities must guarantee for
everybody. It should be reasonably priced and transparent at that. User friendliness excludes
long waiting lists. Accessibility, availability and quality of care have to be closely monitored
by the authorities. Provincial Government must make binding agreements with the
institutions offering health care in Fryslân. The national inspectorate for health care has to
report its findings to the Provincial Government.
Prevention is even more important in this field. The FNP thinks that health care institutions
and government should more often listen to people’s own wishes instead of branding them.
The FNP wants to give citizens, patients and clients more control over health care
institutions. The Provincial Social Investment Fund will be evaluated on a regular basis and if
need be, adjustments will be made.
Fryslân’s own language and culture
The Frisian language, including its regional variations, and the Frisian culture are underdogs
in the Netherlands. To put things right the FNP requires national, provincial and municipal
authorities to make efforts. By signing the Charter for Minority Languages these authorities
committed themselves to improve the position of the Frisian language and its variations.
Making that work will be supervised by us. There are three major items: education, media
and community support. We want every inhabitant of our province, the newcomers included,
to be involved in both language and culture. A cohesive and comprehensive plan of action is
being drawn up : the Deltaplan Frysk (Deltaplan Frisian Language). Some interesting and
well-planned actions like an introduction video or DVD for new inhabitants and an
information package about multilingual possibilities for young parents. The province has to
be the initiator and has to set an example.
Good education is not only a must for each individual child but also for future employment.
Both Frysk and Dutch must be widely taught. Schools having a three-language curriculum
achieve good results. This kind of education is based on the fact that children have great
potential. That’s why the FNP want to leave the idea of being underdeveloped behind
themselves. Integral language learning means paying attention to multiple languages and
Fryslân’s authentic cultural identity should be the starting point for the whole curriculum.
That involves a special approach to a specific educational policy within the boundaries of the
national education framework. The main responsibility lies with the Provincial authorities
and should therefore be given more power and money.
The FNP wants an independent Forum, meant to coordinate Frisian education institutions.
It can advise national, provincial and municipal authorities and broaden public support.
Schools must stop expanding because children must feel safe and be comfortable in their own
Sports are important. To actively participate in special Frisian sports is something the
Provincial Authorities should promote. A distinctive Frisian skating team should be
sponsored. Typically Frisian sports like skating, sailing contests with original freight ships,
leaping contests across fairly wide ditches using a pole, Frisian checkers and playing fives
ought to get more attention.
Fryslân has its own Broadcasting Station : Omrop Fryslân. It is both a regional and a
multimedia broadcasting company for the Frisian speaking minority. The Frisian language is
the officially recognized second national language and is therefore entitled to receive
sufficient funds. The Government made a promise in 2001 and shall have to enable Omrop
Fryslân to produce and broadcast a ‘full and universal’ set of programmes meaning more
space and more money. The Internet should be also be used by Omrop Fryslân to enable
Frisian people living outside the province or country to watch Omrop Fryslân’s TV
programmes. Apart from that, the written language is equally important for both young and
1. Every elementary school tri-lingual.
2. Decision making and funds need to be given to Fryslân in due time.
3. Film and Television funding for Frisian TV series (Baas boppe Baas).
4. Omrop Fryslân is given money to realize all-round programming.
5. Provincial authorities provide ample funds for a well-equipped Frisian skating team.
6. In 2010 another large-scale cultural event like Simmer 2000 will be held to commit
(new) citizens to each other and to Frisian culture.
7. As part of Europe Fryslân’s own history must be made available for education and
information with audio-visual aids.
4.4 Fryslân’s governance
Local communities are to be enabled to govern themselves
Frisian municipalities do not receive sufficient attention from The Hague because they are
not big enough. Municipalities have abandoned governing housing for tenants, social affairs,
policing and fire fighting. Municipalities should have authority over local affairs.
Cooperation with other municipalities may have its assets but that should not result in people
being distanced from authorities. The FNP is in favour of the mayor and the Provincial
Governor being elected by the people because they should be elected openly and
Politics has to be transparent. The FNP wants to actively account for policy matters to its
electorate in public meetings.
The District Water Board (Wetterskip Fryslân) has to be abolished. Water is an important
part of the environmental town and country planning and therefore it should be put under the
authority of the Provincial government. The FNP is against a large Northern planning board.
Since the province owns a good deal of NUON shares Fryslân has a sound financial position.
This money should be made available for the Frisian community as a whole in order to
ascertain a sustainable future for the core qualities of Frisian life.
An indigenous policy aimed at The Hague
Fryslân is economically and ecologically getting more and more dependent on the big cities
of Western Holland (Randstad), resulting in limiting Fryslân’s intrinsic possibilities. That is
why we want to change the relationship between Fryslân, The Hague and Brussels. So,
instead of humbly listening to The Hague, the FNP wants a strong provincial government
fighting for its own interests. Agreements with the National Government must be judicially
enforced, if necessary. In short, the FNP wants wider powers concerning provincial matters.
The FNP opposes a three-fold Northern Provincial Region. Cooperation with the two other
northern provinces should add to the strength of, and be of a surplus value for Fryslân.
The ‘North Netherlands Cooperative’ (SNN) should be scaled down and become more
flexible, and the provincial authorities should be in control.
In the last couple of years the FNP commissioned a Senator through the Onafhankelijke
Senaatsfractie /OSF (Independent Senate Faction) to the Senate. The FNP members of the
Provincial Council will again vote for the OSF candidate. If there is none we will vote for
any other candidate that is most sympathetic to our ideas.
An indigenous policy aimed at Europe
European institutions are directly to represent the interest of European inhabitants.
Citizens’ rights to have influence and check the authorities must be unquestionable. National
policy and ministerial departments should not be in the way to deal with Brussels.
European Parliament elections should be open to non-national political parties that represent
European peoples – some 50 million people. The present ‘Region Committees’ have to be
transformed into an elected Senate for Europe and so citizens can then vote for candidates
from these non-national political parties, thus resulting in a more and better democracy in
1. No municipal regrouping if there is no support from the inhabitants involved.
2. Fryslân’s position as a province must be made more solid.
3. Northern cooperation is fine; no large northern super region.
4. Municipalities remain independent but seek cooperation with other municipalities
5. The District Water Board becomes part of the Provincial Government.
6. Burgomasters/Mayors and the Provincial Governor are elected by the people.
7. Europe belongs to and is for its citizens. European lists of candidates for the European
Parliament and a Senate of Europe representing European stateless minorities.
4.5 Sustainable Fryslân
Fryslân is abundant with open space and nature. There is no need to make a choice between
nature and economy. The Provincial Government has to interweave these two in a way that
serves our province best and only they must be in control. Developing Fryslân will then result
in a sustainable future that creates sufficient energy for its own citizens. More windmills is
one thing but also innovations in decentralized and economic generation of energy are
necessary. In traffic cycling will be strongly promoted.
Concerning rural development the FNP firmly believes in the Integral Locally Orientated
Rural Policy model. We do not want any more all kinds of competing small-scale authorities
unable to work together. In sustainable Fryslân there is no place for underground storage of
radio-active nuclear waste. We will fiercely resist any such intentions.
The FNP thinks highly of rural areas and farmers are crucial as entrepreneurs but their social
responsibility cannot be discarded. Both government and farmer must see to it that farming
can be functioning as ecologically and economically as possible and should therefore support
it. Agriculture and nature conservation can exist side by side; initiated by farmers, not by
civil servants. Farmers’ interests should come first, followed by a positive effect on nature.
Thus society as a whole gains a lot but should also contribute financially. Money promised
need to be paid in time. Arable land cannot be changed if landowners do not want such
The FNP opposes gen technology to produce food because it makes us dependent on
multinational companies. Moreover we do not know enough about any risks in the long run
for our health and for the environment.
Safety for human beings and animals
Healthy and safe housing conditions are of the utmost importance. A cost-benefit analysis for
society must precede any large interventions in the landscape. Further extraction of minerals
must be discontinued if damage done to private persons’ possessions is not recoverable and
Fryslân itself does not gain from it at that.
The FNP rejects the unilateral choice for an incinerator for household rubbish in Fryslân.
Thorough, independent research must precede a decision to find out what least burdens the
environment and Fryslân’s inhabitants financially.
The FNP rejects the ongoing growth of large-scale glasshouse horticulture. Deep draining of
the soil must be terminated. No more irreversible interventions in the landscape. An easy way
of decently compensating owners of land for any damage already done must be set up.
Clean water and dry feet
Fryslân is first and foremost marshland. A lot of Frisan values are connected with water,
lakes, canals and the “Wad”( Shallows). Climate change makes water increasingly
prominent, both for nature and for ourselves. Clean water and dry feet.
Climate change is a fact. The consequences must be mapped immediately. We are facing
higher water levels which makes it necessary for the province to take this into account as to
the environmental and economical layout. In order to keep our feet dry in the future we need
more pump capacity. Water levels need to be dynamically controlled and flexibility and
sufficient pump capacity is a must.
Controlling the water balance requires an extra pumping station. The dykes built to withstand
the sea and IJsselmeer water are not high enough when the sea level will rise in future.
Provincial action is needed.
Fryslân is going to work on actively fighting harmful vegetation and animals. Provincial
policy can neither tolerate annoyance caused by artificial light nor any other environmental
damage affecting the quality of our living space.
Fryslân land of grassland birds
Grassland birds feel comfortable in Fryslân and we cherish them. Provincial cooperation with
landowners, farmers and keepers of bird sanctuaries is a must. The FNP supports catching
eggs under statutory conditions.
1. Continuation of catching grassland birds’ eggs combined with obligatory aftercare
within the statutory terms.
2. Termination of salt mining until is clear where citizens can claim damages.
3. Frisian municipalities, being shareholders of Omrin, (the waste disposal service)
should only decide whether a waste incinerator is feasible after doing ample
research into the social cost-benefit analysis and environmental consequences.
Alternatives in and outside Fryslân must also considered. <Superfluous now?>
4. Fryslân’s beautiful landscape and scenery are to remain beautiful. No new
windmills and no large-scale glasshouse horticulture either.
5. Definitely no underground radio-active waste storage.
6. More intelligent street lighting to discourage annoyance caused by light;
provincial projects should set an example.
7. Actively fighting harmful plants such as ragwort.