07 April 2020 – Permitted local governments to use digital decision-making

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Type of Intervention: Emergency government
Sectors Involved: Physical distancing
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Dutch Government has passed an urgent law (the Digital Deliberation Act) allowing local governments, such as municipal and provincial councils, to deliberate and make decisions digitally.

Previously, digital decision-making has not been legally possible in the Netherlands. The new law applies until 1 September 2020, and can be extended by a maximum of two months.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/03/27/ministerraad-stemt-in-met-spoedwetsvoorstel-digitale-besluitvorming