Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday to outline the priorities for the Netherlands' term as EU President, for the firs six months of 2016. Rutte called Europe a "large, shared and complex project that can only move forward one step at a time". "In this tradition we will also complete the Dutch Presidency"
Over the past decade Dutch municipalities with people with low incomes have taken in more than three times as many refugees than municipalities with wealthy residents.
The D66 has come up with a shadow tax plan to the one that the cabinet will be presenting at the Prinsjesdag ceremony later today. According to party leader Alexander Pechtold, their way of investing the 5 billion euros in tax cuts the cabinet has planned is "smarter and cleaner" and will create twice as many jobs as the cabinet plan.
The Cabinet announced on Monday night that 290 million euros has been set aside to increase childcare benefits. Industry association Kinderopvang expects that this could create some 8 thousand jobs in childcare.
The negotiations on the cabinet's tax plan have fallen apart due to too large differences between the political parties' views.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wants to raise wages wherever possible, telling RTL Z on Tuesday that "this also stimulates the national demand and that is good for the economy."
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is positive about the budget plans for next year. In an interview with the Algemeen Dagblad, he emphasizes that his Cabinet will have to "stay the course in uncertain times."
Dutch consumers are a lot less positive about the future of economic development. According to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS), the Consumer Confidence indicator dropped four points to minus six in August. The CBS says that the tense international political situation could be the cause.
Coalition party VVD has said that the jobs plan presented by labour unions earlier this week is an "idiotic" plan that destroys jobs, and is therefore unspeakable. VVD-faction president Halbe Zijlstra says in an interview with De Telegraaf that the PvdA should also take distance from the proposals.
Labour and consumption are heavily taxed, while wealth is taxed lower than in other Western European countries, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The Cabinet has to make sure that there is more investment by, for example, pension funds to creat jobs. Diederik Samsom, leader of the PvdA, told the BNR on Tuesday that this is not happening right now.
The Eurozone will be on the mend in the next few years, recovering slowly from the recent recession. Unemployment remains high, however, and there is a strong need for reforms. This is from the new Economic Outlook published Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The PvdA want the European Investment Bank to provide funds to create new jobs and training positions for young people. Extra investments into renewable energy and 'green' technology in the EU should create jobs for low- and high-educated young people.
The Cabinet of Rutte II must use the rest of its time in government, until 2017, for at least one big reform on taxes that makes working more attractive and demands more taxes from the rich. This position comes from PvdA-leader Diederik Samson, who tells the Volkskrant that the Cabinet should hold back less and must make big investments that boost the economy and employment.
The PvdA in a new action plan wants to combat unemployment in the Netherlands with manufacturing jobs, support for job seekers with starting a business, and filling the 100,000 open vacancies.