Budget Day

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Aug 23 '19 08:36

The coalition parties in the Rutte III government reached broad agreements on the focus of the Netherlands' tax plans for next year. Low- and middle-income households must see an improvement in their purchasing power. And it must become easier for people starting out on the housing market to find a home, NOS reports.

"We have taken further steps on our way to Prinsjesdag", Prime Minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte said after an hours long meeting between the coalition parties and the Ministry of Finance, which ended at around midnight on Thursday. 

Wopke Hoekstra
Aug 22 '19 10:20

The Dutch government plans to set up a fund containing billions of euros as a buffer to guarantee economic growth in the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports based on sources. The amount to go in this fund has not yet been decided, but according to the newspaper, the amount of 50 billion euros is circulating on the Binnenhof.

Mark Rutte
Aug 16 '19 14:20

After a nice summer break, the Dutch government is back at work. The Ministers will meet for the first time again on Friday, to catch up on current affairs under the leadership of Prime Minister Mark Rutte during the Council of Ministers, Hart van Nederland reports.

The only Minister still on holiday is Ferdinand Grapperhaus, who stood in for Rutte during the summer and still has some vacation days to catch up on.

Mark Rutte
May 29 '19 08:41

Prime Minister Mark Rutte delayed the publication of the planning offices' climate agreement calculations until after Budget Day, because he thought a debate about the climate would be "undesirable" at this point, Nieuwsuur reports based on documents it received by appealing to the Government Information Act. Opposition parties in parliament are outraged and want a quick explanation from Rutte about the pressure he exerted on the planning offices to delay this publication, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Sep 19 '18 09:34

Despite economic setbacks that threaten from the Brexit and United States president Donald Trump's trade wars, this is a logical time to give "something back" to the Dutch, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said about the budget and the government's plans for next year, NU.nl reports.

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations; Prinsjesdag 18 Sept 2018
Sep 18 '18 16:50

Tuesday was Prinsjesdag, or Budget Day, in the Netherlands. In addition to the government presenting its budget and plans for the coming years, and the Dutch King giving a speech, part of the traditions surrounding this day is the fancy hats worn by female attendees.

King Willem-Alexander gives his Prinsjesdag speech in the Ridderzaal in The Hague, 18 Sept 2018
Sep 18 '18 14:30

King Willem-Alexander kicked off the parliamentary year with his annual Prinsjesdag speech on Tuesday.  Everyone in the Netherlands should feel the improving economy, the King said. He also spoke about fighting crime, making sustainable energy accessible to everyone and fighting poverty and improving infrastructure in the Dutch Antilles, according to NU.nl's live blog on Budget Day.

2019 budget ready to be presented to the Tweede Kamer, Prinsjesdag, 18 Sept 2018
Sep 18 '18 14:00

"The foundations of our prosperity are strong, but they are no guarantee for future economic prosperity", is the message Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance will give at the presentation of the first Budget Memorandum of the Rutte III government on Tuesday, NOS reports.

According to Hoekstra, the government wants the Dutch people to feel that things are going well with the economy. At the same time he warns against economic headwinds that may be caused by the Brexit and trade disputes started by US president Donald Trump. 

Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra prepares the 2019 budget to present to parliament; Prinsjesdag 18 Sept 2018
Sep 18 '18 13:00

Budget Day is attracting more people to the city center of The Hague than it did last year. Around noon there were already around 90 thousand people waiting for the Royals to arrive in their Glass Carriage. The atmosphere is pleasant, according to the police, NU.nl reports.

The municipality of The Hague expects that there is more enthusiasm for Prinsjesdag this year due to the nice weather. The day is sunny and warm, but with a strong breeze.

Eric Wiebes in a VVD promo video for Prinsjesdag, 18 Sept 2018
Sep 18 '18 12:30

The VVD posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday showcasing the outfits and hats to be worn by prominent party members on Budget Day. It was largely met with criticism. "Do you really have nothing better to do?" one Twitter user wanted to know.

The video features, among others, Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs, State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs and parliamentarian Ockje Tellengen. "Budget Day... plans, figures, millions... But above all: the political catwalk!" the party wrote with the video.

The Prinsjesdag budget briefcase in 1983, held by Finance Minister Onno Ruding. 20 Sept. 1983.
Sep 18 '18 09:54

The first fans of the Dutch Royal Family started gathering in front of the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague from 5:30 a.m. this morning, wanting to get the best places to see the King and Queen drive by in the Glass Carriage this afternoon and later wave from the balcony, NU.nl reports.

Mark Rutte
Sep 18 '18 08:34

Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to appoint a "designated survivor" - a Minister that won't attend large gatherings like Budget Day in the future, so that there is someone who can run the country should an extreme emergency suddenly arise - he said in a proposal to the Tweede Kamer, ANP reports.

Sep 18 '18 07:30

The police searched multiple addresses in the Netherlands on Monday, looking for Erwin L., a man who threw a votive candle holder at the Golden Carriage on Budget Day 2010. With this year's Budget Day happening today, the police don't know where he is, AT5 and RTL Nieuws report.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima during the King's Speech on Budget Day 2016
Dec 19 '17 10:03

The D66 wants to follow the American example in appointing two 'designated survivors' for events and meetings where all Dutch politicians and the King and Queen come together, like Budget Day. This would involve appointing a Minister and parliamentarian to stay in a secret, secure location during such an event, so that they can take power should it happen that all other government leaders are killed or seriously injured in a terrorist attack or other disaster, NOS reports

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
Sep 20 '17 12:10

A total of 905 thousand people tuned in to watch the live broadcast of Budget Day on Tuesday, fewer than in previous years, according to figures from Stichting KijkOnderzoek, NU.nl reports.

Last year 962 thousand people watched Budget Day on TV. In 2015 there were 1.2 million watchers and 983 thousand in 2014.

In 2013, King Willem-Alexander's first Budget Day, a massive 1.5 million people watched the Budget Day live broadcast, making it the best watched Budget Day broadcast in a decade. 

Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem and mini-Minister Haci Nuh deliver the 2018 budget to the Tweede Kamer, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 08:49

Twelve year old Haci Nuh stole the show in his role as Mini-Minister of Finance when Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem delivered the suitcase with next year's budget to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. Shrouded in a suit and black sneakers, Haci from Rotterdam shadowed Dijsselbloem throughout the entire Budget Day. He was in the Ridderzaal for the King's speech, went on interviews with the Minister and to the Tweede Kamer to discuss te budget, the Telegraaf reports.

King Willem-Alexander giving the 2016 Christmas speech
Sep 19 '17 14:49

On Tuesday King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands' parliamentary year with his traditional Budget Day speech. He talked about the devastation Hurricane Irma left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making sure that everyone in the Netherlands benefits from the improving economy, among other things.

MH17
Sep 19 '17 13:45

From 2018, the Netherlands is reserving money for prosecuting those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, Dutch King Willem-Alexander revealed in his Budget Day speech on Tuesday afternoon.

People start gathering at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague to watch the Royal procession for Budget Day, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 19 '17 11:50

Avid fans of the Dutch Royals braved the early morning cold and mist to make sure they have a good spot along the route the Dutch King and Queen will take from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal in The Hague for Budget Day. The first spectators arrived at the palace at 6:30 a.m on Tuesday, according to ANP.

Rutte II cabinet, November 2012
Sep 19 '17 11:10

As the time for the Rutte II cabinet to hand over to a new government approaches, the confidence the Dutch public has in the departing government increases. The VVD and PvdA government hasn't enjoyed as much confidence from the voters since its inauguration in 2012, according to EenVandaag's Budget Day poll. The same goes for Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Sep 19 '17 08:25

Today is the last Budget Day for the departing Rutte II cabinet. In tradition and ceremony, the day is expected to look like every other Budget Day, with politicians decked out in fancy hats, the Royals arriving at the Ridderzaal in The Hague in a carriage and the famous balcony scene after the throne speech. But given the current VVD and PvdA government's departing status, no big news is expected in the budget. Big changes are left up to the new government.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima during the King's Speech on Budget Day 2016
Sep 18 '17 14:40

Almost two thirds of Dutch think that Budget Day is a valuable tradition, according to a study by HR service provider Raet among 1,000 Dutch people. However, two out of three respondents think that Budget Day is completely unnecessary this year, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 14 '17 07:32

The Hague is putting extra security measures in place for Budget Day next week, paying particular attention to preventing terrorist attacks with vehicles, a spokesperson for the municipality confirmed to NU.nl.

Carton of eggs
Sep 12 '17 09:10

Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA will get an extra 25 million euros next year due to concerns about the authority's capacity following the fipronil contaminated egg scandal, according to RTL Nieuws. The government will announce this extra investment on Budget Day, sources told the broadcaster.

This extra 25 million euros comes on top of the NVWA's current budget of over 300 million euros. According to RTL, the money will be used to hire more food inspectors and to replace outdated computer equipment. 

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