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.
If there would be elections now, the CDA would get 17 seats in the House. These are the results of the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond.
This is the influence of the budget discussions of last week in the House. The CDA won one seat, the VVD lost one seat. Virtually CDA would have now only one seat less then the VVD.
In the House the situation is very different. VVD has 41 seats and CDA 13 only.
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Prime Minister Rutte debated more than six hours today with the opposition about the plans for 2014. No final commitments were done, so what was achieved?
Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.
On Wednesday and Thursday the House will discuss the Dutch National Budget which was presented on Tuesday last week by the government. The opposition had a week to study and come up with alternatives.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma has presented an alternative budget. The CDA thinks to recover the economy and employment by reducing the costs for employers and employees with 2.9 billion euro.
This week the House will discuss the Dutch national Budget which was presented by the government on Prinsjesdag.
Coalition partners VVD and PvdA see a recovery of the Dutch economy. This was clear from a debate between the group leaders of the six largest parties in the House.
Both Zijlstra (VVD) and Samsom (PvdA) told their opponents that they were seeing signs of recovery, like the sectors housing and export.
The opposition had another view. Wilders (PVV) and Roemer (SP) think that this government ruins the economy with all the cuts. Wilders even said that Zijlstra and Samsom were possibly from another planet.
Noordoostpolder declared itself shale gas free on Monday evening.
Opposition parties, CDA and D66, expect clarification from Minister of Social Affairs, Lodewijk Asscher, about the implementation of the social agreement and the ministry’s speed in tackling unemployment which they think is too slow.
Diplomats who don’t pay their traffic and parking fines should not be able to keep their CD registration. This is a plea of CDA MP Peter Omtzigt and The Hague councilor Cees Flitter (CDA). It is according to the CDA politicians the best solution to force the diplomats to pay their fines, reported the AD.
In 2012, in The Hague, a total of 1095 parking tickets were issued to the holder of a car with CD number plates. In 454 cases only, the penalty was paid. There is still an open amount of 40,000 euro.
Although the CDA has halved the number of seats in the House at each of the two last elections, but the Christian Democrats still provide most mayors. Over one third of the Dutch mayors (122 on a total of 358) comes from the CDA. VVD and PvdA follow with 96 mayors and 86 respectively.
House Chairman Anouchka van Miltenburg is still 'furious' after she was accused of bias on Thursday night by CDA MP and party leader Sybrand Buma. "My integrity was questioned; that upset me very much," said van Miltenburg on Sunday morning at ‘Eva Jinek on Sunday’.
It is very easy to commit fraud with taxes, the government and the tax authorities have been aware of the problems for years. Member of political party CDA Pieter Omtzigt said this on Twitter.
The CDA wants Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) to put a stop to the construction of a large sex palace in Hoofddorp (Noord Holland). According to CDA MP Peter Oskam, such a complex will attract all sorts of shady businesses, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and illegal prostitution.
On Wednesday, Oskam asked Opstelten what could still be done to stop the construction of the mega brothel. Because most residents of Haarlemmermeer and Hoofddorp are against the sex palace, he thinks that the entertainment complex should not be built.