Groningen officials call for cultural change in earthquake compensation

Johann Lemkes, Rene Peers and Cohen Schuring at a press conference. Photo: Robin van Ronkhuizen ANP

The government will have to undergo a major cultural shift to adequately compensate for the damage caused by the earthquake in Groningen and to pay for the cost of reinforcing damaged houses, a senior state official said Monday. said to

Specifically, the state is asking the government to provide additional support to the state for another 25 years with additional investments in education, energy transition and infrastructure.

The call follows Friday’s publication very disgusting report Both the government and the oil companies systematically ignored the interests of the people of Groningen, saying that making money remained the dominant concern.

In particular, the report criticized a cumbersome system that seeks to compensate homeowners for damage to their property.

“The people of the Hand of Groningen are united,” said Rene Paz, the king’s commissioner, at a press conference.

“There are 1,000 civil servants involved in the proceedings,” Paas said. “They now need to have the budget and authority to allow them to really help people…rather than always citing the rules.”

Groningen mayor Cohen Schuhling said the state hopes to become the first gas-free in the Netherlands in 2035. Groningen also needs to reduce energy poverty, which is higher than in other regions. he said.

“It’s not just a matter of not extracting gas, it’s about not using gas,” he said. “It costs a lot of money, and it’s hard to assess how much. But it’s about changing attitudes. Groningen officials call for cultural change in earthquake compensation

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