VVD wants to extend government coalition
20 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Liberal VVD parliamentary leader Jozias van Aartsen is keen for his party to maintain the government coalition with the Christian Democrat CDA and Democrat D66 beyond the 2007 elections.
20 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Liberal VVD parliamentary leader Jozias van Aartsen is keen for his party to maintain the government coalition with the Christian Democrat CDA and Democrat D66 beyond the 2007 elections.
"But let us first finish this job. This Cabinet is laying the basis. I think this coalition should simply continue in 2007," Van Aartsen said.
Speaking to Forum, the magazine of employers association VNO-NCW, Van Aartsen said even more radical reforms needed to be implemented in the next term of government.
He said the VVD has three main policy areas: work, education and safety. "We have sufficient faith in the cabinet on every point."
But a spokesman for opposition Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos said it was natural for the VVD to want to extend the coalition because the cabinet was simply carrying out VVD policy.
"CDA voters need to realise that. But fortunately the voters also have something to say," he said.
The coalition CDA, VVD and D66 government came to power in 2003 at a time of economic turmoil and has implemented across-the-board stringent budget cuts.
Unions staged mass protests last year against planned cuts to early retirement schemes, unemployment benefits, public health cover and worker disability pensions. The protests won hard-fought concessions.
And suffering in pre-election polls, the mid-term government is starting to relax the strings on the budgetary purse as it warily eyes a scheduled election in 2007.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news