Budget Day in the Netherlands

21st September 2010, Comments 0 comments


Today is Budget Day in the Netherlands, on which outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and his caretaker cabinet will present its budget.

It is a day of tradition and ceremony. Queen Beatrix will travel through the streets of The Hague in her Golden Coach with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima to parliament where she will hold her speech from the throne.

Only this year there’ll be no political fireworks as the caretaker cabinet will not announce any far-reaching new measures. The Queen’s Speech will be a summing up of government matters. It is possible that she’ll include a covert message about cohesion in society, but otherwise there will be little controversy in her words.

Everybody already knows that cuts amounting 3.2 euros will be announced, and there will be few surprises as many of them have already been leaked to the press, such as extensive cutbacks to the civil service and more tax on a packet of cigarettes.

It will be Jan Peter Balkenende’s last budget and he probably hadn’t expected to still be in office when he announced his resignation as Christian Democrat party leader following the June elections in which the CDA lost half its seats in parliament.  


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