Cuts will affect every citizen, Queen Beatrix says

20th September 2011, Comments 2 comments

The year ahead will see deep budget cuts which will affect every Dutch citizen, Queen Beatrix said in her annual Budget Day address to parliament.

The monarch's speech, written by Prime Minister Rutte's centre-right minority cabinet, outlined a raft of economies aimed at producing 18,000 million euros in savings. The national budget deficit is expected to rise to 2.9 percent, just 0.1 below the limit set for euro currency countries like the Netherlands. Individual households will experience a 1 percent reduction of their purchasing power in 2012. "The government is no longer able to soften the blows dealt by a shrinking economy," Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager wrote in the 2012 Budget. Unemployment is likely to remain stable at 4.25 percent.

But there are also grounds for optimism, Queen Beatrix said. "Our starting position is positive. The government is looking forward to an involved and open exchange of views," she told the joint Upper and Lower House meeting in the Knights' Hall. "We would like to work with you towards solutions which are widely accepted." The queen is officially part of the government, but she has no formal politcal role.

After the address, the royal party made a coach ride through the city centre of The Hague, returning to Noordeinde palace where they appeared on the balcony to greet the crowds.

Budget Day 2011

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2 Comments To This Article

  • HermanMunster posted:

    on 20th September 2011, 23:18:14 - Reply

    Every Dutch citizen... well, since there's no way in Hades that I'd ever give up my first world passport to be a second-class citizen in NL, I guess that I'm not part of the affected group.
  • Don posted:

    on 20th September 2011, 19:58:53 - Reply

    ...budget cuts which will affect every Dutch citizen...
    Is it also going to affect the lavish living style of the royal family?