Minister firm on Sunday shopping cuts

Economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven is determined to press ahead with new restrictions on Sunday shopping, news agency ANP reports.

Claims by the retail trade that a clampdown on loopholes in the Sunday shopping law will cost up to 20,000 jobs were not properly argued, the minister said.
At the moment local councils can approve Sunday shopping on just 12 days a year, unless their town is a popular tourist destination. But many towns and cities use the tourist loophole to allow shops to open more often.
The minister, herself a Christian Democrat, is under pressure from orthodox Christian parties, including coalition partner ChristenUnie, to crack down on abuses.

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