There is no parliamentary majority on a total ban on handheld fireworks and efforts by GroenLinks, and parent animal PvdD will fail in next week’s vote, which appeared after Wednesday’s discussion on this issue.
The parties say that the only New Year’s festival benefits that consumers can launch fireworks no longer outweigh the shortcomings of personal injury, property damage, and the pain caused by pets and wildlife.
However, the two coalition parties (VVD and CDA) that oppose the total ban, along with the Far Right and the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, do not have sufficient support to introduce this measure in Congress.
Fireworks were banned last New Year due to restrictions on the coronavirus, but the ban was widely ignored. Both vandalism and fireworks caused damage worth about € 10 million to private property during the celebration. Insurance companies say this is similar to the year when there were no coronavirus measures or fireworks bans.
Large-scale fireworks have already been banned, and some MPs want to see how the “normal” New Year progresses without them before taking further action.
In addition, according to the SP, banning the sale of fireworks to individuals does not help deal with illegal fireworks and “young men who are out of control of themselves.”
Discussions will continue next week, with formal voting.
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