Cabinet wants fewer shopping Sundays

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3 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – The cabinet wants to reduce the number of shopping Sundays. RTL Nieuws reports that this is contained in a proposal from Economic Affairs Minister Maria van der Hoeven (CDA) which will be discussed in the cabinet meeting soon.

3 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – The cabinet wants to reduce the number of shopping Sundays. RTL Nieuws reports that this is contained in a proposal from Economic Affairs Minister Maria van der Hoeven (CDA) which will be discussed in the cabinet meeting soon.

Only towns and cities with a clear tourist character should be allowed to have shops open on Sunday more than 12 times a year.

The Shop Hours Act now stipulates that a municipality may have 12 shopping Sundays per year, but exceptions are possible for municipalities with a tourist character. Various municipalities have reportedly dubbed themselves tourist areas without justification.

The coalition accord stated that municipalities would be stopped from abusing the tourism provision.

Democrats D66 MP Boris van der Ham responded negatively on RTL Nieuws to the plans from the minister. He says the law should in fact be relaxed.

Van der Ham says Van der Hoeven's proposal is "a bit patronising."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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