Dutch opposition tries to limit shopping Sundays
The opposition Socialist Party and the Christian SGP want fewer shops to be opened on Sunday.4 November 2008
THE HAGUE - Two parties in the Dutch parliament have presented a bill to combat the increase in the number of shopping Sundays.
The opposition Socialist Party (SP) and the Christian SGP are calling for a more critical evaluation of the criteria used by municipalities to allow shops to open on Sunday.
The national law allows a maximum of 12 Sundays per year during which the shops may be open. However, some local authorities have used a loophole in the current shopping Sunday laws, bringing the number of stores opened on Sunday to almost 160.
Only municipalities that have a significant number of tourist visitors are permitted to allow Sunday shopping throughout the year.
The bill by the two parties calls for Sunday shop permits to be approved by the Economic Affairs Minister.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]