July 6, 2010 - In our news brief entitled, Netherlands - bars defy two-year old smoking ban.., we reported the centre-right liberal VVD, which won parliamentary elections on June 9, wants bars with no staff to determine their own smoking policies.
Now we find the new 31-strong Liberal MP grouping is planning to introduce its own legislation to abolish the smoking ban for small cafes and bars. The anti-Islam PVV and Socialist party back the proposal, meaning it can count on the support of 71 out of 150 MPs.
'The smoking ban was introduced because Europe wants to protect workers against smoke. But you do not have to protect bar owners if they have no staff,' MP Halbe Zijlstra said.
Ten days ago, the ban on smoking in small bars was reinstated after a court ruling.
Reference: Liberal MPs act to scrap smoking ban in small bars, DutchNews.nl, 6/28/2010.
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