Austere years bearing fruit, Queen tells nation

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20 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The coalition government's belt-tightening policies were finally showing positive results, Queen Beatrix said in her annual speech from the throne.

20 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — The coalition government's belt-tightening policies were finally showing positive results, Queen Beatrix said in her annual speech from the throne.

Speaking to the country's top politicians prior to the presentation of the budget for 2006, the Queen highlighted improving employment figures and shorter waiting lists in the health system as signs the Netherlands is turning the corner.

She said reform of the healthcare system and social insurance schemes were painful but essential to build a "safe, social and economically healthy Netherlands".

She said the main aims of her government were a safer Netherlands, more people in employment, fewer regulations, a better quality of service from public organisations and more mutual respect in society.

The centre-right coalition government was conscious, Queen Beatrix said, that the public had grown insecure and a drop confidence in the government. Some of the reasons for this were the expansion of the EU, the threat of terrorism, climate change and the weak economy in recent years, she said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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