Coalition factions have list of demands

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, THE HAGUE – Coalition factions Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie will present a long list of proposals for changes to the cabinet's plans for next year during the parliamentary debate on the budget on Thursday.

20 September 2007

THE HAGUE – Coalition factions Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie will present a long list of proposals for changes to the cabinet's plans for next year during the parliamentary debate on the budget on Thursday.

The three factions want school books for the entire secondary education system to be free in 2008, a measure that will cost EUR 130 million.

The also want to undo cutbacks on the child benefit from 2010 (which will cost EUR 100 million) and to scrap a 1-cent per litre increase to the diesel tax from 2009.  They want to see an extra EUR 50 million given to Defence for the next two years, EUR 40 million extra to fighting poverty among children for two years, extra money for healthcare, money for fighting crime (30 million), cleaning up of the fishing industry (20 million) and funds for regional policy (10 million).

These extra demands would be financed from a reserve pool of EUR 250 million and by introducing a gaming tax a year earlier than planned (yielding EUR 200 million).

In addition they are also looking for extra money to repair loss in purchasing power among middle incomes. The Labour PvdA strongly urged this on Wednesday during the first round of debate on the budget.

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