BUDGET: cabinet promises goodies for all

19th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is promising something for everyone in the Budget for 2007.

19 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is promising something for everyone in the Budget for 2007.

Households will see an average increase of 1 percent in their finances, unemployment will fall sharply, company tax will be cut and there will be a budget surplus for the first time in years, the Christian Democrat-Liberal coalition promises.

These are the key points of the Budget speech presented by Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm on Tuesday.

Despite a range of security measures, including the scrapping of the provision of embargo copies to the press, most of the main elements of the Budget have already been leaked.

But unlike the previous two years, media organisations failed to obtain a full copy in advance of Zalm's speech.

Parliament will debate the government's Budget plans next week.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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