New Dutch gov't presents economic growth plan

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-11 02:33:14|Editor: yan
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THE HAGUE, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The new Dutch cabinet presented the new government coalition deal on Tuesday, containing their plan for the forthcoming four years.

The plan was presented by the new coalition government of the rightist liberals VVD, Christian democrats CDA, leftist liberals D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: "Net salaries will rise. We will spend more money for the elderly, we will invest more for the education of our children. And in this deal, Dutch citizens will really have it better."

According to the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the government package leads to a gross domestic product (GDP) rise of 2 percent on average in the period 2018-2021, with a 0.2 percent positive effect of the government measures.

Purchasing power of consumers rises by 1.1 percent per year on average in the period 2018-2021, with a 0.7 percent effect by the government deal package.

CDA leader Sybrand Buma said more money would go to security and defense.

"The labor market is being reformed and the middle incomes are moving forward. Additional attention is also paid to strengthening the Dutch identity," Buma said.

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said the gap between the poor and the rich would be reduced and that climate goals of the Paris Agreement would be achieved.