Coalition agreement 2012 summarized

The PvdA and the VVD have reached a coalition agreement together. The title of the agreement is ‘Building bridges’ and, according to the two party leaders Diederik Samsom and Mark Rutte, it is an agreement in which both parties have had to make compromises. The main points of the coalition agreement are discussed in this article.

Run-up to the agreement

Mark Rutte, leader of the VVD, had to reach a coalition agreement together with Diederik Samsom, leader of the PvdA. This was seen in advance as a difficult package, especially because the VVD and the PvdA have conflicting ideas on a number of important positions, such as income inequality. Nevertheless, negotiations went quite smoothly and an agreement was reached. The 2012 coalition agreement. Mark Rutte was under fire immediately after the publication of the agreement. His own supporters no longer believed in him. This was mainly because the agreement stated that the costs of care would become income-related. High income earners started paying significantly more. According to its supporters, this did not suit the VVD. This draft was deleted and the coalition agreement is as follows:

Most important points of the coalition agreement

Social security and income policy

  • The state pension age will be gradually increased. In 2018 it will be 66 years old, in 2021 it will rise to 67.
  • There will be a continued work bonus for people between the ages of 61 and 65 with a low income. These are extra encouraged to work longer.
  • The WWB (Work and Social Assistance Act) will become stricter and there will be more control. People therefore have to look for a job more quickly when they become unemployed.

 

Sustainable growth and innovation

  • Municipalities can decide for themselves whether they allow shops to open on Sundays. The ban will be lifted nationally.
  • There will be a banker’s oath.
  • Supervision of bank products is becoming stricter. Products from which a customer will receive little or no benefit are prohibited.
  • The tax intelligence and investigation service, the tax authorities and the Economic Control Service will have more capacity to combat fraud.
  • There will be better supervision of organizations that are (partly) funded by the public. This prevents such companies from going bankrupt.

 

Netherlands in Europe

  • Euro countries must work together better and monitor each other more effectively. For example, controls on countries where the Euro is in danger must be increased.
  • The budget of a country should not conflict with the budget of Europe.
  • The contribution to the EU must be distributed more fairly. The Netherlands pays too much to the EU in proportion.

 

Emancipation

  • Refusal officers will no longer be appointed. Anyone who wants to become a civil servant but is against gay marriage will be banned.
  • Primary and secondary schools are prohibited from distinguishing between hetero and gay. In the current trend, we see that several schools are firing teachers because they are gay. Students are also rejected because of their sexual preference. So this comes to an end.
  • Pay inequality between men and women with the same position/profession is prohibited. In the current labor market, it often happens that men earn more than women, while they do the same work.

 

Media

  • The financing of regional broadcasters is no longer regulated by the province. The government makes a contribution for these broadcasters and are therefore financed by the government.

 

Education

  • The aim is to be in the top 5 in the world in the field of education and science. Teachers and schools are better supervised, more money is made available and personnel policy is tightened.
  • Teachers need to be better trained, the requirements are becoming stricter and there will be more supervision and testing .
  • Less time will be wasted on administration.
  • The late study fine for students will be abolished.

 

Concern

  • There will be extra nurses in the area. This plan will be put into effect from 2015 and should be ready in 2017.
  • The business advantage for specialists disappears.
  • There will be better control over wage costs. These will be better monitored and hospitals must have more insight into their own wage costs.
  • Youth care will be transferred to the municipalities in 2015. From then on, they are responsible for youth care in their region.
  • Organizing the Olympic Games is cancelled. The Netherlands is no longer standing as a candidate.

 

Safety and justice

  • The budget for the national police will be increased by 105 million euros per year.
  • Prisoners will pay for their ‘stay’ in a prison,
  • The costs incurred in litigating and prosecuting are recovered from the perpetrator.
  • The cannabis pass will be abolished again. You must now be able to show a valid ID and an extract from the population register.
  • The football law is being tightened. This means higher fines and longer exclusions.
  • The minimum age for purchasing drinks will increase from 16 to 18 years.

 

Immigration, integration and asylum

  • If someone wants to be eligible for a residence permit, he must not have previously been in the Netherlands illegally or have committed any form of fraud.
  • Foreigners are more likely to be deported after a crime.
  • Staying in the Netherlands without a valid residence permit will become a punishable offense.
  • Higher demands are placed on integration.

 

Housing market

  • The mortgage interest deduction will continue to exist.
  • The rental allowance will continue to exist.

 

Childcare

  • There will be greater control over personnel in the industry. Staff will have to take multiple exams and screenings.
  • Parents have more say in how their children are treated.

 

Management

  • More women are in top positions. Management positions are more often held by women.