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Femke Halsema becomes the new mayor of Amsterdam

The city council of Amsterdam nominated Femke Halema to be the new mayor of the Dutch capital. She will be the first female mayor of the city. The expectation is that Halsema will be officially appointed this month.

“Femke Halsema is definite and connecting. She knows the city, the different layers of society, the problems and all the challenges. She sees in an inspiring way the opportunities and possibilities of the city and also sees the vulnerability”. Halsema was fraction leader for GroenLinks between 2002 and 2010. Before that she was a parliamentarian for several years. This is the first time a GroenLinks member will be mayor of one of the Netherlands four large cities.

Femke Halsema is 52 years old and lives in the eastern district. This appointment has made her ‘happy, proud and humble.’
‘It is a great privilege to be able to serve my fellow city dwellers in the coming years,’ she said in a post on her own website. ‘I will do everything within my power to be the mayor of all Amsterdammers.’

A total of 114 people applied to be mayor of Amsterdam in two application rounds. In the first round 29 people applied, only four with administrative experience, so the vacancy was opened again time. In that round, 85 people submitted applications.

The search for a new mayor follows the death of Eberhard van der Laan in October 2017. Van der Laan was mayor of Amsterdam for seven years.
Jozias van Aartsen was acting as interim-mayor and will leave this city as Halsema becomes the mayor officialy. He said: “I congratulate former colleague Femke Halsema with the council’s decision and I wish her much wisdom and pleasure in her work.”

More windows closed at the Main Red Light District

Red Light District 2013-01At the main district the 1012-demolition is clear to see. At the famous Trompettersteeg (the smallest alley of the RLD and Amsterdam!) and at the Dollebegijnensteeg several windows are closed due the 1012 project. This is the small part of the Main Red Light District of Amsterdam. The local goverment also agreed with an other roomowner/homeowner (Mr. & Mrs. Joinking), owner of a part of the St. Annenstraat & Dollebegijnensteeg block) to reimburse and close the windows. This will be completed in 2013.

At the Oudekerksplein several closed windows are renovated, still waiting to see what’s going on there, no prostitution anymore for sure! At the Oudekennissteeg 2 closed windows are opened again for the workers. They are renovated too. At the same time a few closed windows at the OudeZijds Achterburgwal are renovated and re-opend again. Several others are renovated and got another fulfilment; F.I.:  Waffles & Icecream. The goverment want to scale-up the ‘merchandise’ at the RLD… Well; Good Luck, don’t  strain o.s. in lifting…
The real Amsterdam-feeling will disappear. Is that what you want? If so: Good Luck!
What’s next? The famous Museumplein as quiet square with nothing to do or to celebrate on?

Shame on you, you politicians!

About the Singel/Spuistraat district;
The windows at the Bergstraat & Korsjespoortsteeg are closed permanently. Red Light Windows will be concentrated at the Oude Nieuwstraat, Korte Korsjespoortsteeg,  Korte Kolksteeg, Teerketelsteeg and a few at the the Spuistraat and Singel.

Report ‘Fragile Job’

There has been research about the effect of the closing down windows at 1012 and all the effects for the prostitution in the city. It’s called “Kwetsbaar Beroep” – Fragile Job-

The result of the examination is:
The policy as started is negative for the whole prostitution branch but the elderman will continue the project 1012 and close down windows. The Mayor, Van der Laan, called the report ‘convincing’ but says the negative effect for shutting down prostitutionwindows at the workers is “weakly solid”.

There is no body of evidence that all the prostitutes are  ‘white slaves’ (forced workers) but at some points it ‘burns’.
But as said; no proof. If it’s proofed the window will be closed and the license will be rejected.
It’s hard for the goverment to get into the ‘forced workers circuit’. The chain is too long.
In the report is written: “Probably a cell in Bulgary or Romania stimulates (forces?) a women to work in the prostitution, another cell will do the transportation to Holland and another cell in Holland will do the paperwork, housing and renting the window for the girls.”  It’s hard to get in this world for the police.

Read more at the report!

In the report are a lot of figures about prostitution. The whole report can be downloaded here (pdf-alert!) but only in Dutch!

Progression ‘Project 1012’

The council of the city-centre of Amsterdam has determined that over 60 windows has to be closed at the Main District & The Singel-area. The utilization for prostitution will be suspended in the future. Also the number of ‘coffeeshops’ will be reduced in the city-centre.

In the future only the windows at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal & alleys (Main district) and the Oude Nieuwstraat (Singel district) will remain open for prostitution.

Totaly 62 premises will lose their utilization, 52 at the main district and 10 at the Singel Area. 31 are already prostitution-free. The other 31 will loose their license shortly.

The meaning and explanation of this project can be found at the pages ‘about 1012

Red Light Radio, live from Oudekerksplein

Red Light Radio is an online radio station broadcasting from a former prostitution window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Red Light Radio brings you daily shows of local DJ’s, live performances and cool personalities doing a one time only radio show. You can expect shows full of afro beat or shows with black metal next to live acoustic performances or DJ sets by artists or even a show by YOU

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Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, died at the age of 62

–> Update: Eberhard van der Laan died at October, 5 2017. A new mayor will bw choosen soon.

On Wednesday, 7 July 2010, in a ceremony at City Hall, Eberhard van der Laan was sworn in as Mayor of Amsterdam.

Former Housing and Integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan (55) was selected as the final candidate by Amsterdam City Council.
He was officially sworn in on 7 July 2010.

Van der Laan signed the papers together with Commissioner to the Queen Johan Remkes.
Deputy Mayor (and interim mayor until 7 July) Lodewijk Asscher then hung the Chain of Office on the new mayor.

A well-attended affair Read more
Press Office Amsterdam City Hall

Plans about the future of the RLD


There is a new article at about the Amsterdam City-Centre and the Red Light Districts and what they have planned to do with it.
3 different brochures are for download

Read the article here

Mayor Job Cohen resigns

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Job Cohen resigns his job as Mayor of  Amsterdam immediately and “I will miss it terribly”, he said last friday (March, 12-2010) at a pressconference. He will become the new partyleader for the PvdA, the biggest Labour political party of The Netherlands. The former partyleader, Wouter Bos, resigns will leave the politics cause he want to spend more time with his family & kids. It’s expected Cohen will boost the party to be leading and Cohen might be prime minister after the elections of June this year. Cohen has been mayor of Amsterdam since Januari, 17-2001.  Who the new mayor of Amsterdam will be? I really don’t know! See this pressstatement at

© Press Office Amsterdam


Mayor Cohen resigns with immediate effect

In a statement made earlier today, Friday 12 March 2010, Job Cohen announced his resignation as Mayor of Amsterdam with immediate effect. He has entered his name as a candidate for election as the new leader of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) following the resignation of Wouter Bos.
Press Office Amsterdam City Hall

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