Coalition agreement finalised, parties to debate plans on Monday

MPs from the right-wing VVD and the Labour party (PvdA) will meet on Monday to discuss the draft coalition accord which will form a blueprint for a new coalition government, Nos reported on Sunday.

The broadcaster says the agreement has been assessed by the government’s macro-economic advisory body CPB which sees no reason to change any of the policies which the two parties have now agreed.
Many of the measures leaked out last week. They include the phasing out of mortgage tax relief, a €1bn cut in development aid and the scrapping of health insurance benefit.
The CPB’s approval means the way is now clear for the agreement to be voted on by the two parties’ MPs and for ministers to be appointed.
Sources in The Hague have told Nos that Halbe Zijlstra, the current junior education minister, will be the new VVD parliamentary party leader, replacing Stef Blok. He is tipped for the new post of minister of housing and government services.
VVD parliamentarian and former MEP Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is set to become the first female minister of defence, sources have told Nos. Henk Kamp, currently social affairs minister, will move to the economic affairs and farming job.
Other names leaked out last week.

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