MAASTRICHT. It appears that a larger part of the Maastricht city council’s website will be made available in English. Mayor Onno Hoes has declared that he supports ‘the purport’ of a motion by the CDA fraction on this matter.
The motion concerned “adapting and keeping up to date of the part of the website that is in English” (there is already a section in English) but in fact it goes further than that, argues Jimmy Bastings from the CDA youth division, who were the instigators of the motion. Bastings: “The section in English will be expanded. We are aiming to have all communication from the city council available in two languages, but that is certainly not the issue yet. We will, however, make everything that is of practical use to foreign residents, so also students, accessible in English within a few months.”
A spokesperson for the city council confirms that this concerns “all information that is of importance to foreign citizens”. This does not include the minutes of city council meetings.
Printed information is also excluded from the scope of the motion; so, whether brochures or council letters will be translated in the future, remains unclear.
The city council will take a decision about an ‘international bill’ at the beginning of April. This will deal with all kinds of aspects of internationalisation in Maastricht.