On October 10, 2017, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce hosted together with the Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, the Danish Dutch Business Club and four of the respective Nordic Embassies, the annual Nordic Business Forum, #NordicTalks, where the agenda was the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you to everyone that participated and made this afternoon an inspirational and forward-thinking forum for Sustainable Development.Thank you to our inspiring speakers and moderator: Johanna Lund Rockliffe, Enact Richard Westlake, AkzoNobel Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Statoil Rob Wolters, Ericsson Hannie Stappers, ROCKWOOL NL Robert A. Taylor, UPM Raflatac Annelien van Meer, Enact And to our Embassies Embassy of Sweden in The Hague Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague Embassy of Denmark in the Netherlands Embassy of Finland in The Hague
Also, a special thank you to our sponsor Stena Line and to our collaboration partner Northern Delight. Thank you Vitamin Well AB, Tony's Chocolonely and Wasa Nederland for providing snacks in the break.
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Today the new centre-right coalition presented its programme – and the new cabinet is expected to be installed 26 October
Today the four-party coalition (VVD/Liberal Conservatives, CDA/Christian Democrats, D66/Liberal Democrats and ChristenUnie/Christian Conservatives) has presented its coalition agreement ‘Trust in the future’ (‘Vertrouwen in de toekomst').Now the process of appointing ministers will begin and the new centre-right cabinet, the third to be headed by prime minister Mark Rutte - is expected to be installed on 26 October. The new cabinet will have 16 ministers, 8-9 junior ministers and include new ministries, among which a minister of Climate & Energy, a minister of Agriculture and a minister of Immigration & Integration. The new coalition will have a majority of just one in the fragmented 13-party, 150-seat Dutch parliament and its ability to survive a four-year term is likely to prove the toughest test yet of Rutte’s consensus-building skills. Key elements of the agreement include:
- The 15% dividend tax will be repealed to attract foreign business and decrease administrative red tape for Dutch business.
- The income tax system will be changed by cutting the number of tax bands from four to two from 2019.
- The rate at which mortgage holders can deduct interest from tax will be reduced.
- The amount paid in asset taxes will be cut by increasing the tax-free limit from €25,000 to €30,000. Assets include savings, shares, art and second homes.
- The lower value-added tax rate of 6% will be increased to 9%. The lower rate applies to food, books and entertainment and will add €20 a month to the average family’s grocery and entertainment bill.
- The basic rates of corporation tax will be cut from 25% to 21% while a tax rate of 16% will be levied over the first €200,000 in profits.
- The new cabinet will take measures against 'activist shareholders' to protect Dutch corporations from hostile takeovers.
- So called ‘mailbox companies’ will have to pay more taxes on royalties and interest.
- The way will be paved for the introduction of elected mayors but this not yet include drawn up plans of how to put this into reality.
- Refugees with residency permits will no longer be able to claim welfare benefits or extra help in paying rent and health insurance for their first two years in the Netherlands.
- A Climate Bill with legally binding goals for CO2-reduction and environmental measures will be introduced. The taxes on gas will go up, and taxes on electricity will go down.
- The minister of Climate and Energy will negotiate a new energy agreement with stakeholders to reduce CO2-emissions. There will come an extra environmental tax on charter flights and large freight traffic will be charged a levy based on driven kilometres.
- An extra €770m will be spent on primary teachers pay and improving working conditions.
- It will be made easier for employers to hire new employees, by decreasing the term of continued wage paying in case of illness to a year for small bsiness up to twenty five employees.
- €1.5 bn in extra spending on defence, €2bn extra for infrastructure, roads, public transport and bike paths.
The full text of the coalition agreement (in Dutch) is available via .By