Coalition plans to be sent to MPs on Wednesday, negotiators say

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The four parties forming the next coalition government expect to send their plans to parliament on Wednesday, the two lead negotiators said on Monday afternoon.

The current coalition between the VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie agreed after months of wrangling to continue their current partnership, which will be the fourth government led by Mark Rutte.

The final touches are now being put to the agreement which will then be sent to the four parliamentary parties for their approval on Tuesday.

Some measures have already been leaked. They include a switch to largely free childcare, billion euro investments in housing and combating climate change, the introduction of road pricing, changes to the student loan system and research into expanding the use of nuclear power.

Once the agreement has been sent to parliament, Rutte can start work on putting together the cabinet – which is likely to have 20 ministers. They will be supported by 10 junior ministers, sources in The Hague have said.

The general election took place in March.

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