La Gro Geelkerken acts on behalf of around twenty government bodies. We have broad expertise in all areas relevant to governments, always taking political-administrative relationships into consideration.
Governments face various challenges, including in the areas of spatial planning, the environment, supervision and enforcement, expropriation and government liability. The development of spatial projects often involves a complex interplay between private and public parties. To create a new residential area, business park or sports park, for example, developers and authorities have to work together. Our team acts on behalf of governments in processes such as tenders, zoning plans, operating plans, environmental permits, land transactions, expropriations and land policy. Legal issues related to state support may also arise in the above-mentioned cases.
Tackling subversion is another challenge for governments. This has been a priority for many municipalities in recent years. Our specialists advise on the application of Article 13b of the Opium Act, the Public Administration Probity Screening Act (BIBOB Act), the imposition of area bans and the drafting of emergency orders and emergency ordinances. Collecting and sharing information is very important when tackling subversion. Our privacy specialists advise on this matter.
There is also an increasing need for government transparency. The Government Information (Public Access) Act (WOB) will soon be replaced by the Open Government Act (WOO). Our team has extensive experience with advising and litigating in matters of public access and imposing confidentiality under the Municipalities Act. In addition, our team advises on access requests under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).