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PVV MP Barry Madlener, who will probably take a seat in the Schoof cabinet as Minister of Infrastructure, believes that he will implement a "beautiful" and "realistic" coalition agreement.

PVV MP Barry Madlener is about to fulfill a crucial role in the new Schoof cabinet as Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management. According to Madlener, the possible return of the maximum speed of 130 kilometers per hour on the highways is a positive intention. However, he has reservations about the feasibility of this measure during the day due to nitrogen emissions. “We're all going to see it. In any case, I think the intention is very good," said Madlener after a conversation with the formateur and the intended prime minister.

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Barry Madlener is put forward by the PVV as Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, while Chris Jansen, currently a representative in Flevoland, will fulfill the role of State Secretary. Madlener, born in 1969 in Leiden and raised in Oostvoorne, has a long history in politics with a focus on infrastructure and water management. During his first period in the House of Representatives (2006-2009) he was part of the Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Public Works and Water Management. He then served as leader of the PVV in the European Parliament for five years. In 2012 he returned to the House of Representatives and became a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure and the Environment, which later became the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure and Water Management.

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The new coalition partners aim to negotiate exceptions in Brussels to the strict EU standards for housing and infrastructure. However, outgoing agriculture minister Piet Adema has repeatedly warned that the chance of success is small.

Nitrogen emissions remain a sensitive item on the political agenda, but according to Mona Keijzer, the incoming Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning, this does not have to be an obstacle to housing construction. Keijzer believes that the challenges in the residential construction sector are mainly related to finding suitable construction locations and high construction costs. “Finding space and construction costs are the problems in my future portfolio,” Keijzer explained after her formal introduction to formateur Richard van Zwol. These subjects fell under the Ministry of Home Affairs during the Rutte IV cabinet, but in the new cabinet they will be placed in an independent ministry.

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Mona Keijzer, who will be responsible for Housing and Spatial Planning in the new cabinet, also has a clear vision of her future role. She emphasizes that the construction of new homes is not only dependent on nitrogen standards, but that there are several factors that have hindered construction in recent years. Keijzer specifically mentioned the problems with finding space and high construction costs as the biggest challenges.

Keijzer is optimistic about the cooperation with her party colleague Femke Wiersma, the incoming Minister of Agriculture. She believes their policy agendas do not conflict and that there is room for collaboration to stimulate housing construction. The new coalition is seeking exceptions in EU policy to accelerate housing construction and infrastructure projects, despite the skeptical attitude of current Agriculture Minister Adema.

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