Dutch environment ministers named
Christian Democrat politician Pieter van Geel was re-confirmed today as Dutch environment minister, as a new government was sworn in after four months of negotiations. He first took up the post last July (EED 25/07/02). The junior minister's new boss at the head of the housing, spatial planning and environment ministry has been named as Sybilla Dekker of the free-market Liberals (VVD). Greenpeace criticised the continued lack of cabinet rank for the minister with specific responsibility for environmental protection, unlike that enjoyed by Mr van Geel's predecessor Jan Pronk. See government press release and Greenpeace reaction.