The Dutch economy is growing faster than expected and is continuing to recover despite the lower gas production. The Dutch economy is expected to grow 2.0 percent this year and 2.4 percent next year. Unemployment is expected to decrease to 6.7 percent next year and the government deficit to 1.5 percent of the gross domestic product.
Following the budget discussions in the House of last week, Minister Dijsselbloem is talking this week with opposition parties to exchange some of the government plans with alternatives proposed by them.
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King Willem-Alexander read the throne speech for the first time this Tuesday in the Hall of Knights in The Hague. In it he spoke, among other things of the chance of recovery in the economy and the disappearance of the welfare state.
Although everybody knows that Prinsjesdag is the day that the King reads a speech, made by the government (troonrede or throne speech), it is also the day that the House is discussing the content of this troonrede and the day that the minister of Finance gives the House an attaché case which contains the Dutch National Budget. In English therefore the Prinsjesdag is called Budget Day.
Prinsjesdag is a day full of tradition mixed with serious business. But why do the Dutch do this serious business in such a way and since when?
The horses that will be used in the royal procession Tuesday from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof on Budget Day are ready for possible disturbances.
The Hague is well prepared for Budget day, announced the town on Monday, a day before the annual event.
Tax on diesel, LPG, alcohol, and soft drinks will go up next year. Diesel will be three cents per liter more expensive, LPG seven cents.
The Dutchman loses an average of 0.5 percent of their purchasing power next year. The growth of the Dutch economy will average 0.5 percent, while the budget deficit will average 3.3 percent in 2014.