11 Nov 2011
The Dutch Second Chamber of Parliament (Tweede Kamer) today received the Cost Benefit report (MKBA) outlining the social costs and benefits of hosting an Olympics in Netherlands in 2028.
The organisation of such an event appears to have the potential to deliver a positive contribution to the Dutch welfare and economy.
The Minister for the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) invited Rebel and Arup to develop an evaluation instrument that can constantly monitor the social costs and benefits of the Netherlands 2028 Olympic and Paralympic games. This is necessary to make the right decision about whether or not to bid.
Potential changes in circumstance – such as economic developments, revenue from new media and the threat of terrorism – also need to be taken into account to assist the Netherlands in progressing to a decision. Furthermore, the evaluation instrument should not compare apples with pears, as has often been the case during the organisation of previous Olympic Games in different host countries.
Read the press release from the Dutch government (in Dutch).