Sunday shopping reform may be scrapped

Government plans to crack down on Sunday shopping may be abandoned because Christian Democrat MPs are worried about the effect on the economy, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

The CDA and its coalition partners had agreed to end the way some towns allow their shops to open under the guise of tourism. Only tourist centres such as cental Amsterdam are allowed unlimited opening on Sundays. In other areas, shops are restricted to 12 Sunday openings a year.
Minor coalition party ChristenUnie is staunchly in favour of more restrictions on what it calls ‘the day of rest’.
But CDA MP Elly Blanksma told the paper the plan had to be looked at in the light of the current situation. ‘The economic reality needs to be considered as well,’ she said.
Economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven has asked the government’s macroeconomic advisory group CPB to look at the effect of Sunday trading on the economy.

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