Big firms consider leaving the Netherlands, says KPMG report
Friday 12 October 2012
Some of the Netherlands' biggest companies are considering leaving the country because of the worsening climate for entrepreneurs, according to a new report by consultants group KPMG.
BNR radio quotes the report as saying the Netherlands' competitive position is under pressure as companies become more international and less tied to their country of origin.
'The results are noteworthy because the Netherlands has always been considered an attractive home base for large international firms,' KPMG Nederland chairman Jurgen van Breukelen told the broadcaster.
Big firms now look at how close they are to their most important markets. 'And in a small country like the Netherlands, you are less well positioned,' Van Breukelen said.
In order to make sure the country remains attractive, the government should focus on ensuring an attractive fiscal climate for international firms, that the infrastructure is good and education is properly focused, Van Breukelen said.