Sunday 18 August 2019

New cabinet will get tough on road hogs, delay pension reform: media

The formation party leaders meet with chief negotiator Gerrit Zalm. Photo: Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal

The new cabinet plans to get tough on road hogs and other anti-social drivers, the Telegraaf said on Friday, in the latest of a string of leaks about the next coalition’s plans.

The fines for serial and serious traffic offences will rise but will be cut for less serious crimes, sources have told the paper.

In addition, the new coalition plans to spend €2bn over the next three years on more roads and on public transport and waterways plus €100m improving the network of cycle lanes, the paper said. The emphasis will be on removing traffic jam black spots.

The parties are also working on some form of road pricing for freight traffic, a move opposed by current (VVD) transport minister Melanie Schultz, the Telegraaf reported.

Pensions

According to the Financieele Dagblad, the new cabinet will not tackle pension reform immediately but will give unions and employers more time to reach agreement on a major shake-up which is acceptable to both sides.

There is general consensus the current system, consistently rated among the best in the world, is not sustainable in the longer term, particularly given the rise in the self-employed with no private pension.

However, the four partners will come up with their own suggestions for labour market reform, the paper said.

Ministers

The AD says the new coalition – a combination of the VVD, Christian Democrats, Liberal democratic D66 and ChristenUnie – will have a total of 25 ministers and junior ministers.

There will be 16 ministers and nine junior ministers who are not members of the cabinet. This would be the biggest of the three cabinets that prime minister Mark Rutte will have had.

The new appointments are likely to include ministers for climate and energy, immigration and environment, the paper said.

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